What Do Clothes Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Coastal Alabama Community College I Got my Red Dress on Tonight Symbolism of Clothes in The Great Gatsby Lauren Glass Mrs. Agee English 102 6 April 2023 A literary device is the technique, style, and strategy an author uses to enhance their writing. Authors use literary devices in stories to add emphasis to phrases and to evoke moods and emotions. One of the many literary devices authors use is symbolism. Symbolism is the idea that things represent other things. Whether it be through colors, clothes, names, or even houses, authors use symbolism to express complex ideas while giving the reader a visual, sensory experience. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the symbolism of Daisy, Myrtle, Gatsby and Nick’s clothes …show more content…

Mrs. Daisy Buchanan is most known for her beautiful, flowy white dress. The white color of her dress helps characterize her as an unattainable princess: white symbolizes purity, grace, and innocence. The night before their wedding reception, Tom gave Daisy a string of pearls symbolizing his power over her. One of Daisy’s bridesmaids, Jordan Baker, says, “I found her lying on her bed as lovely as the June night in her flowered dress — and as drunk as a mon- key” (Fitzgerald 59). After receiving her gift, Daisy drunkenly throws the necklace away– a necklace that costs 350,000 dollars– representing her future with Tom. Pearls are associated with Venus, the goddess of love, and they represent fertility, purity, determination, perfection, and romance. Daisy throwing the pearl necklace away foreshadows her unhappy relationship with Tom. While Fitzgerald uses Daisy’s clothes to characterize her in a more positive light, he does almost the opposite for …show more content…

Gatsby wears a silver shirt and gold colored tie to represent his wealth, glamor, grace, and elegance. Along with symbolizing wealth, his gold tie is reminiscent of success and achievement. Gatsby wears these colors to represent his wealth, and he also wears frilly outfits to win the heart of Daisy Buchanan. In chapter four, it is made clear that Gatsby and Daisy had romantic feelings for each other before Gatsby’s wealth. Once Gatsby secured a large influx of cash, he decided to buy many glamorous, patterned shirts to show Daisy she could finally be with him. Not only did Gatsby wear fancy shirts for Daisy, but also a pink suit to show the love he still has for her. One article says that, “Pink represents childlike innocence, playfulness, and tenderness” (IPL 1). Jay Gatsby is associated with the color pink because of his love for Daisy. In addition to this, the shirts show the hope he has that he and Daisy will be able to start a life

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