What Does The Color Yellow Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The Amer­i­can Dream is a lifestyle: the thought that if you put in hard work, you will gain wealth. Through this wealth, you will have happiness. In the nov­el The Great Gats­by, Jay Gats­by is quintessential of The Amer­i­can Dream: he start­ed off dirt poor and with dedication, he made himself into something; a rags to riches story. As The Dec­la­ra­tion Of In­de­pen­dence states: 'All men are cre­at­ed equal, that they are en­dowed by their Cre­ator with cer­tain un­alien­able rights, that among these are Life, Lib­er­ty and the pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness.' In oth­er words, ev­ery person in America has the right to re­al­ly make them­selves in­to some­one, even if you start with nothing. A nobody from nowhere can turn themselves into somebody from somewhere. Nick Car­raway, our narrator, appeared to be si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly en­tranced and re­pulsed by Jay Gats­by's ded­i­ca­tion and be­lief in The Amer­i­can Dream. So, F. Scott Fitzger­ald's opin­ion on the American Dream can be hard to decipher. The American Dreamer will work very hard to achieve inflated dreams that never turn out the way they intended them. Jay Gatsby is endlessly chasing after this dream. He has worked…show more content…
The color yellow is often represented as corruption, greed, evil, and death. Two young women who show up at Gatsby’s eloquent party are wearing yellow dresses. Gatsby’s car is yellow. The author describes Daisy as “the golden girl”. So, yellow also symbolizes the luxuriousness of their lives. When Gatsby shows her his shirts, she begins to cry, with her head bent in them. Even her voice is full of the sound of a gold coin. All of these examples show that Daisy only loves money and wealth and that she only enjoys the luxurious life style. Even the name Daisy is meaningful. Like the flower, her name represents a beautiful portrayal, but at the core, she is corrupt. It is mentioned that her voice sounds of money, like a gold
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