Symbols, Symbolism, and Metaphor in The Great Gatsby

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Metaphors and Symbolisms in The Great Gatsby In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many different metaphors and symbolisms to express his point. In this essay the point that I wish to make is how Fitzgerald uses colors to develop image, feelings, and scenery depiction to let the reader feel the emotions and other aspects being portrayed in that particular part in the book. Like every other essay one must address the major points that will be addressed. This essay suggests the hopefulness of Nick's venture in the East and of Gatsby's dream to win Daisy. Fitzgerald uses the colors of white and green as suggestions of future promise. As the novel unfolds and the uselessness of the dream is developed, the colors become garish shades such as gold, silver, and pink. White and green are shown throughout the beginning of the novel, first, through green and white luminous light. Daisy is constantly shown in white. When Nick first sees his cousin (Daisy), she is wearing a white dress. In my mind, white depicts virginity, innocence, honesty, wealth, and the appearance of cleanliness. Later on I will discuss how this image of Daisy is false. She is extremely corrupt, and all her actions are based on self-gratitude. Green is also portrayed in the earlier parts of this novel. It is a symbol of hope. This probably is referring to Gatsby's second chance at romance with Daisy, and his dream with America being able to make all your dreams come true. Gatsby believes that there is hope for his future relationship with Daisy. We view his r... ... middle of paper ... ... being swollen with silver, as if to say that it was done in a bad way. The last color portrayed heavily when discussing the character of Gatsby is pink. Pink is a sign of embarrassment. When Gatsby states that Daisy never loved Tom, she has always been in love with him, he was shocked to hear from her own mouth that she loved both of them. This placed Gatsby in a very uncomfortable situation and this event finally brought him over the edge. Over the course of this novel we saw how the plot slowly changes from the rich and exquisite life of the wealthy, to the stubborn, arrogant, and selfish values that each of these characters possessed, especially Gatsby. Corruption reigned so high in their society; it was viewed as something to be of usual nature.
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