The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

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The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

F. Scott Fitzgerald aims to show that the myth of the American dream

is fading away. The American values of brotherhood and peace have been

eradicated and replaced with ideas of immediate prosperity and wealth.

Fitzgerald feels that the dream is no longer experienced and that the

dream has been perverted with greed and malice. The Great Gatsby

parallels the dreams of America with the dream of Jay Gatsby in order

to show the fallacies that lie in both of them. Fitzgerald reveals

that both dreams are complete illusions. Those who follow the dream

are manipulated into believing that they lead to true happiness when

in fact they are lead to their demise. Throughout the novel,

Fitzgerald illustrates his main themes through a perpetual use of a

series of colors, specifically green. The color green has two main

meanings in the novel. Fitzgerald uses the color green to symbolize

Gatsby's hope in his quest to obtain Daisy, but also uses green to

symbolize America's obsession with wealth during the 1920s, and in

both examples, the novel illustrates that all the affiliates are lead

to their inevitable downfall.

"He [Jay Gatsby] stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a

curious way, and as far as I [Nick Carraway] was from him I could have

sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward - and

distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far

away, that might have been the end of a dock." Fitzgerald constantly

makes allusions to the color green throughout The Great Gatsby in

order to insinuate a sentiment of hope that relates to the color

especially for Jay Gatsby's character. The reader is introduced to the

green light at the end of chapter o...

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...able to show the relation between Gatsby's dream

and also the American dream. As a result of this, the read is able to

understand the major theme of the book more easily. The reader is able

to make the connection and understand that Fitzgerald is aiming to

falsify the legend of the American dream. Although Gatsby's achieves

the dream, in the end, he is left dead and without the hope of winning

Daisy's love. Both, Daisy and the American dream, are the objects of

infatuation, and both are an illusion. As Fitzgerald illustrates the

death of Gatsby's dream, he also announces the death of the American

dream. The novel uses green to illustrate both dreams, yet by the

conclusion of the novel, green is used to illustrate sickness and

death, at which point Fitzgerald has used the color to make the

transition between the idea of the dream to the idea of the reality.
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