What Does West Egg Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The Writer painter and designer Johannes Itten said, “Color is life; for a world without color appears to us as dead. Colors are primordial ideas the children of light.” Fitzgerald decided to use many colors in the novel The Great Gatsby. He used many colors and each color had a special meaning. The special meaning is focused more as a theme that is involved threw out the novel. Some of the colors have similar meanings to each other as well. Out of all the colors Fitzgerald uses, he favors white above them all. Fitzgerald mentions white in the novel to describe East Egg. East Egg is a town where richer people live. “Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg” ( Fitzgerald 5). The color white is used to show that East Egg is a place that has the successful people compared to west Egg, which is where people that are at the property level live. White is used to describe the people and how they dress that are part of East Egg. “Clarence Endive was from East Egg as I remember. He came only…show more content…
“Old money and riches are used a few times about Gatsby.” (Maia Samkanashvili) (39). The quote is stating that Maia believes that white is a key factor of what old money is and who is it involved with most. Fitzgerald tell us that white is a part of old money. “It wasn’t until then that I connected this Gatsby with the officer in her white car.”(Fitzgerald 77). An officer in the Great Gatsby is considered more successful because that was a better job for someone to have back in the 1920’s. White also has to do with old money base on what people with old money spent it on. “Slowly the white wings of the boat moved against the blue cool limit of the sky.” (118 Fitzgerald). People with old money are more successful because they can buy more things for themselves in order to be happy. Fitzgerald uses white as a symbol for the riches of the people who have been a part of East
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