AP English III
22 October 2014
The Intricate Patterns of Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald designed his most famous novel around intricate patterns and motifs such as weather and color. Her pays very close attention to detail, such as the time it is impeccably hot to the color that shines at the end of Daisy’s dock. This directly correlates to the mood and the atmosphere throughout the novel, which is what Fitzgerald is trying to get the reader to feel. For the first time Daisy and Gatsby reunite in five years, a treacherous storm is hitting West Egg. Although they start out very awkward, when they start to open up to each other and begin to let their emotions show, the weather clears up. According to Nick, the day Gatsby confronted Tom was the hottest day of the year: “The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest day of the summer” (Fitzgerald 114). Heat tends to represent aggression and confusion. Daisy shows us her confusion by stating, “it’s so hot and everything is confused” (Fitzgerald 118). The aggressiveness that the heat brings also happens to be the same day that Daisy kills Myrtle. It could also be a possibility that the heat is symbolic of hell and damnation. The color green represents the novel the finest. Green often represents money and Gatsby states that Daisy's "voice is full of money" (Fitzgerald 107). A green light shines at the end of Daisy's dock, representing Gatsby’s desire for Daisy. Having Daisy would make Gatsby’s American Dream complete: something that is impossible for Gatsby to achieve. Nick describes the green light in the first chapter as “minute and far away” which makes this light impossible to get to. By the end of the novel, the reader sees that this is true for Gatsby. The green light seems to represent everyone’s desire and the impossibility of reaching the materialistic American Dream. Fitzgerald showcased his novel around intricate patterns and motifs such as weather...
Cited: Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print
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