The Great Gatsby Daisy

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Most novels usually include various symbols to affect the dynamics of the story. In The Great Gatsby, by Scott F. Fitzgerald, color is symbolically used to develop the various themes presented throughout the story. The Great Gatsby contains five main characters, Nick Carraway, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Jay Gatsby. Nick Carraway is a young man who moved to West Egg, where “new money” lives. He becomes a bond salesman and gets put in the middle of Gatsby’s dream and determination of using Daisy to become old money. Jay Gatsby is a self-made man who is mysterious at the beginning of the story but vulnerable towards the end. Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband who is self-absorbed, makes it his goal to destroy Gatsby’s image and keep…show more content…
Gatsby says, “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock” (Fitzgerald 90). The green lantern is a famously remembered object in this novel because it represents Gatsby’s hope for his relationship with Daisy and his determination to pursue the dream of reuniting with Daisy, and subsequently becoming a member of the “old money” class himself. Gatsby eventually becomes overridden with trying to impress Daisy, which makes him look desperate rather than a mysterious man portrayed in beginning of the story. In a writing about color symbolism by Daniel Schneider, he says, “the green light’ at the end of Daisy’s dock – that symbol of ‘orgiastic future’, the limitless promise of the dream Gatsby pursues to it’s inevitable tragic end” (Schneider). This self-explanatory quote backs how the color green also symbolizes Gatsby’s downfall and not just his dream of becoming old money. Samkanashvile noted that, “Green…is traditionally associated with spring, hope, and youth. However, one possible meaning of green is envy” (Samkanashvile). Green can mean envy because Gatsby despises Tom because he is the only thing between Daisy and himself. Green representing Gatsby and his dream is one of the main ideas in The Great Gatsby so green plays an important role. Several colors other than green also play roles in this…show more content…
Color will represent events, people, or places in The Great Gatsby. For an example, green is the most important color in the story because it represents the main conflict of the story. This makes the story dominated in colors, not chapters; grey represents the valley of ashes, silver represents the jewelry and riches, gold represents the corrupt part of the American dream, and white represents pureness of the characters. To recap, all the colors that have importance are green, pink, yellow/gold, white, silver, and grey. These colors are all significant in the novel proving that color symbolism does play an important
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