The Color Green In The Great Gatsby Essay

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In his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald includes many themes that go beyond the surface of the text itself. The themes allude to organized crime, color symbolism, relationships, weather symbolism, and a mysterious billboard of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. Each of these themes plays an essential role in understanding the personality of Jay Gatsby, his life choices throughout the novel, and his relationships with other characters in the novel. The element of color, specifically green, white, grey, and silver stands out as an extremely important factor in shaping and explaining parts of the novel. From the very beginning of the novel, Fitzgerald incorporates color into his novel which is narrated by Nick Carraway. The color green is important to Gatsby right from the beginning. Green is often used to symbolize hope, and for Gatsby, it means exactly that. In chapter one, Fitzgerald mentions,”a single green light, minute and far away” which Gatsby associates with his dreams and goals. The green light he sees is the light at the end of Daisy’s dock. Gatsby is infatuated with Daisy and hopes that they may one day be together forever. To conclude the novel, Nick Carraway makes several mentions of the green light again including the “green breast of the New World” and also when Gatsby first picked and believed in the green light of…show more content…
The use of green, white, grey, and silver create many different situations influenced by many different motives. For Gatsby himself, color symbolizes excitement when it is shown through a green light coming from Daisy’s dock at the beginning of the novel and despair when it symbolizes the dream Gatsby was never able to achieve. The Great Gatsby is a piece of literature that must be looked at through an open mind to understand the multiple uses of symbolism throughout its
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