Essay On Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald created the famous, American classic, The Great Gatsby, with thought-provoking detail and color symbolism. Critics have been deeply analyzing it since it was published in 1925. There are a few memorable color symbolisms that are throughout the book. Everyone interprets literature in their own way so there are many different theories; there are even people that do not believe in color symbolism. Certain colors are continually being associated with a specific character/theme, which allows one to conclude that Fitzgerald intended on colors being symbolic. One of the most memorable color symbolisms in the book is the green light at the end of the Buchanan’s dock. Gatsby reaches out to “the orgastic future” (Fitzgerald 152);…show more content…
“She displays a “slender golden arm” (Fitzgerald 44) and “a golden shoulder” (Fitzgerald 77)” (Schneider). The gold associated with Jordan represents her success. Being a professional tennis player at that time was a big deal because women hadn’t been playing sports for a long time, it was only for men. Another character that wears gold is Gatsby; on page 84 he is wearing “a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold colored tie” (Fitzgerald). Here the color is symbolizing success and money as well. The difference is that Gatsby is wearing gold and silver because he wants to appear successful even though he inherited his money and didn’t earn it on his own. He shows off with materialistic items, such as his car. Gatsby’s car is described as “a rich cream color” (Fitzgerald) early on in the book. Cream is a combination of yellow and white. After Daisy runs over Myrtle, her husband’s mistress, in Gatsby’s car, “a witness to the accident describes the car as just plain yellow” (Seiters). White, which represents purity, is being subtracted from the equation leaving behind yellow, immorality and sin,
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