ALC Period 3
Fitzgerald’s Colorful Imagination
The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an ever exciting story about a trouble-some wealthy man, Jay Gatsby. He spends his life creating a rich status for myself to allure people in. Among the people his wants to in his life, is his one true love, Daisy Buchanan. Color Symbolism plays a huge roll in describing characters and lending extra meaning to inanimate objects and descriptions of society. The use of the color green represents hope, envyness and it is a symbol of wealth. When first introduced to Gatsby, Nick Carraway saw him standing at the end of a dock, larking in the distance at something very peculiar. "Gatsby is staring across the bay reaching out towards the light" (Fitzgerald 21) This green light, although at the time still unknown what it is, is a symbol of hope or longing for Gatsby.This green light happens to be at the end of the Buchanan's house, which the reader finds out later. Through Gatsby reaching this could be characterized as hope for him longing for whatever is on the other side along with that light. With this in mind, it makes sense that the color green has a prominent role in the book, because Gatsby is very hopeful character at this point in the story. In chapter five, the green light at the end of Daisy's dock disappears. The green light represents the all American dream. The readers know this because once Gatsby and Daisy reunite the green light disappears. Now that Gatsby has Daisy, his "American dream" has been fulfilled. He has his money, house, and the girl of his dreams; he is happy or at least he is temporality. Gatsby is reaching for something more than the wealthy lifestyle. He is reaching for someone living that lifestyle, like Daisy. This is true because he spent a significant amount of time getting to know Nick at one of his parties, who is connected to Daisy by family relation. It is clear, wealth is a large theme in The...
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