The Symbolism of Colors in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a novel full with colors. The colors throughout the book are used to symbolize different situations. The use of colors in this novel helps the reader visualize the situation more.
In the book The Great Gatsby by F scott Fitzgerald. I choose the green light because i thought is was the most interesting symbol to me. The reader first hear about the green light is when the character name Nick (Gatsby neighbor) comes hom from having dinner at Daisy house And sees Gatsby on his balcony just staring across the bay at this green light. At first Nick think he just looking at the stars, but then Gatsby starts to reach his hand out towards the green light. After he seen Gatsby do that he started to figure out what the green light stands for Nick start to remeber to that Jordan told him about Gatsby and Daisy that they use to be lovers when Daisy was 18.
Within the book The Great Gatsby, there are many themes and symbols that are prevalent throughout the book. But to me, the most important symbol is the green light, which is located at the end of Daisy and Tom’s dock. Even though you could say the green light might represent money due to its green color, I believe that it represents the American dream. Since Gatsby was reaching for the light and once he realizes that he can’t have Daisy, the light burns out showing that the light symbolizes Gatsby 's American dream.
The color green represents hopes and dreams. To Gatsby, this represents his dream, Daisy. To get Daisy would be attaining the American Dream. The green light is described as ‘minute and far away’ which makes it out to be impossible to reach. This represents that the American Dream, which for Gatsby is Daisy, is impossible to
In Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby, green is used symbolically. Green could be used as wealth, new life, hope, jealousy, and love. Throughout the story green is symbolized, for example in chapter 1 it says “involuntarily I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock”. In this example the green light is a symbol for Gatsby’s hopes and dreams.
Regarding the novel’s plot, The action in the book happens in the fastest of manners, from the sudden incident of the narrator ‘Nick Carraway’ who recently returns from the war to find a job in New York City and rents a small house in ‘West Egg’, then the story line jumps to an element of suspense when he meets Daisy then right to the climax of ‘Myrtle’ who dies horribly then jumping straight to the resolution by the end of the novel which is the murder of ‘Gatsby’. The plot holds a sense of irony since ‘Gatsby’ is ready to do anything for Daisy even would take a bullet for, but he is killed for Myrtle’s murder which he has had nothing to do with in the first place (Samkanashvili 77). Concerning techniques used throughout the
F. Scott Fitzgerald had the creative and extraordinary way of writing The Great Gatsby based on compassion, death, and betrayal. The author even included themes like justice, power, and greed. Through the fanciful parties that Gatsby threw, the love that Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby showed, and the society that loved wealth and money, The Great Gatsby is expressed through past and present. This nine chapter novel demonstrates different social classes, money, domination, and love. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays a strong message through this chapter without a title, but yet “The End of the Green Light” connects the beginning of the novel to the end.
There is quite a bit of symbolism in the novel, The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. Foster believes “if we want to figure out what a symbol might mean, we have to use a variety of tools on it: questions, experience, persisting knowledge” (Foster 107). The green light is probably one of the most important symbols in this novel.
Gold and money, a light in the dark, or a warning on the road; the color yellow has many diverse meanings in society and these are just a few. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald colors represent several aspects of the characters as they are swept through rollicking emotions powered by the mystery shrouding the enigmatic Jay Gatsby in the height of the Roaring Twenties. Yellow gives insight into Gatsby’s character, who he wants to be, who he is in truth, and who others think he is. The color yellow is often associated with money because it reminds people of gold. In Fitzgerald’s book, the colors gold and yellow are used interchangeably and often to connotate class or wealth.
With the beginning of the 20th century, great changes arrived in all spheres of human activity due to the growing needs of the society. Like everything else, literature had to offer new literary frames that will meet the requirements of the readership. One of the pioneers that had the courage to try something different, unique and unusual was the American novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald who became a cultural icon because of his success to embody the era he lived in inside of his works. Through the analysis of some key symbols in ‘The Great Gatsby’ we will see how for example colors do not always have positive connotations or how some elements, minor and irrelevant to the one group of characters, have great importance to the other.