What Does The White Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The Significance of Symbols in the Great Gatsby In holding with the ideal of the American Dream, almost every child grows up with his or her parents wanting him or her to be better than they are and they long for their child to achieve and have more. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby wants better for himself. In this novel Gatsby longs to rekindle his relationship with Daisy Buchanan. Colors are used in the novel to represent some form of the American dream and show how corruption leads to destruction. The color white represents purity, nobleness, goodness, innocence, and wholeness. White usually has positive attributes associated with it, and white is the color of perfection. The Great Gatsby states that “Daisy and Jordan were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house” (Fitzgerald 8). Fitzgerald uses this statement to show Daisy and Jordan’s purity. They are so light that they can be compared to white birds or balloons. “White traditionally symbolizes purity, and there is no doubt that Fitzgerald wants to underscore the ironic disparity between ostensible purity of…show more content…
An example of blue and yellow used symbolically in The Great Gatsby is the eyes of T.J Eckleburg “the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic- their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over non-existent nose” (Fitzgerald 23). These eyes are open and watching or overlooking everything with yellow spectacles, which symbolize destruction. “The romantic blue is obviously associated with the promise, the dream, that Gatsby has mistaken for reality” (Schneider 250). These eyes are like a promise or dream -- maybe the American dream and how it leads to destruction. Yellow is also another symbol for the American
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