The Great Gatsby Gold Analysis

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald chronicles the debaucherous jazz age through the narration of Nick Carraway. Carraway moves from the Midwest to the West Egg of Long Island, where witnesses the hollowness of the upper class. A color that plays a significant role in Gatsby is gold. The evening Gatsby and Daisy reunite is seeped in gold: Gatsby’s car, Gatsby’s dresser, Daisy’s dress buttons, lemon cakes , even the plum blossoms bear a “pale gold odor.” It is not coincidental that novel centering around wealth in excess places such significance around the color gold. Gold is associated with luxury, elegance, prosperity, affluence, and extravagance- all recurring themes in Gatsby and the “golden” jazz age.
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