What Does The White Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, symbolism such as color, the valley of ashes, and the green light are abundantly used to convey a deeper meaning throughout the text. Color is used throughout the essay in order to describe personalities and themes throughout the novel. For example, Daisy is symbolically shown through a variety of white items. Her car, her clothes, and the rooms of her house are all examples of this. Her "white neck," "white girlhood," the king's daughter "high in a white palace”, are other examples of how Daisy is repeatedly shown as white. When pondering the symbolic meaning of the color white, it is evident that most would believe Daisy must be “pure” and “innocent”. However, this is not the case. Whilst psychologically analyzing Daisy’s behavior throughout the book, she is seen as selfish and destructive to others …show more content…

The light is symbolic of Gatsby’s hopes and dreams throughout his life. In the beginning, Gatsby states to Nick that he can “change the past”. In a physical example, he moved into a home directly across from Daisy, with the green light visible. The green light, however, is merely that. It is an artificial agent that stimulates sight. This being said, although the light may have seemed close and easy to acquire, it was still just a light; Gatsby’s dreams were merely dreams, unobtainable, unrealistic dreams. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—-So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The green light however, despite initial thought, is not only Gatsby’s dreams. It is humanity’s dreams. As humans, we strive to obtain the unobtainable. Each and every one of us have our own green light at the end of the

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