What Does The Colour Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism is the use of symbols to get a meaning out of something or represent an existing object. In the novel The Great Gatbsy, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, colours and objects are used to symbolize and represent characters feelings and thoughts. Symbols, like the very mysterious eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleberg seem to foreshadow all the tragedies that occur throughout the novel. Colours, such as the green light at the end of Daisy's dock, is made out to be green to resemble objects in Gatsby's and Daisy's life such as money and greed. The green light Gatsby reaches out to at the end of Daisy's dock represents Gatsby's hopes and dreams and is symbolic of Daisy as his ultimate life success. The specific green colour in the novel shows Gatsby's …show more content…

The colour of the light at the end of the dock is to symbolize Daisy's desire, and that is why the light belongs to Daisy. During the lunch they all attend at Daisy's, Gatsby tells Nick; “Her voice is full of money” (Fitzgerald 120). After telling this to Nick, they realize that Daisy only cares about the money, and not what kind of person Gatsby is. When she sees Gatsby, it is not his love that she cares about, it is his belongings that make her adore him. The sound of money in the voice of Daisy shows her need for money, and her greed. Daisy only looks at money and what she could get out of it, making her want it even more, showing that the green light is a symbol of the greed of Daisy Buchanan. The theme of the green light relates to society throughout time and the desperate need for money to complete the American dream. Greed and money make people oblivious to true love in the Great Gatsby. The green light is symbolic to Gatsby and Daisy as it represents what they praise throughout the novel. To Gatsby it is more than the money, it is the ambition to get what he desires, while to Daisy, it only resembles what she wants in life,

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