Theme Of Color In The Great Gatsby

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American Future Color plays an integral role in our lives, it make us feel emotions and we associate it with specific object and themes. For example, a dark cold blue color could make you feel sad or lonely, while a bright sunny orange could create a pleasant warm sensation. An excellent example of how color is used to show themes and progress elements of a story is in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald brilliantly links colors with representative categories and manipulates them to show how the story progresses. He splits them into categories such as lifelessness, false purity, illusion, corruptness, death, and the American dream. In the literary novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses color to express emotions and develop the story’s themes. A prominent theme throughout the story is hopelessness and lifelessness, which is prominently represented by the color gray. An important setting is the valley of ashes, “a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into the ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air”(Fitzgerald 23). This gray desolate landscape represents the loneliness and emptiness of the stretch of road between West Egg and East Egg in the world famous New York City. Fitzgerald presents it as a barren land previously overused for industrial purposes. He uses the word
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