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Colors And Symbolism In "The Great Gatsby" By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Symbolism is the use of symbols to supply things with a representative meaning or to represent something abstract by an existing object. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, colours are used to symbolize a person’s inner thoughts and feelings. Colours, such as green, white are used to find ones true feelings; while others use colours to hide their true persona. Colour symbolism is used to convey a deeper message to the readers and help us understand the characters true colours.
The color green in the novel The Great Gatsby symbolizes different choices Jay Gatsby makes throughout his lifetime. The symbolism that is used behind the colour green is healing, money, greed, ...view middle of the document...

“He knew he had a big future in front of him.” (Fitzgerald 181) says Gatsby’s father. Gatsby always strived to become a higher status in society. Green influenced only Gatsby’s way of thinking while white influenced many other characters in the novel The Great Gatsby.

White symbolizes a disguise; it is seen as the colour of purity and innocence. Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker are seen wearing white and are associated with the colour white the most. Wearing white, Daisy is seen as an innocent and youthful woman. Often enough it seems as though she uses this innocence as a way to act childish, irresponsibly and care-free. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together…” (Fitzgerald 187). Daisy lets everyone believe that she does not know better than the way she is act, when in reality she is hiding her true snobbish and conceited image inside this fairytale image that she portrays. Daisy knows what her actions mean, however she acts care-free about it and knows that nothing can happen to her because her husband’s wealth protects her from being dislike. The day of her daughter’s birth, Daisy said, “All right...I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 21). She wants her daughter to become a fool, like the way she herself acts towards others. Daisy acts as though she is oblivious to what is happening around her, when she knows exactly what is happening. Jordan Baker is one whom acts overly superior to others; however she hides her arrogant and conceited self behind the pure and humble colour of white. The way she puts herself out into society is seen as overly superior. Nick stated that, “She was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless and with her chin raised a little as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall. If she saw me she me out of the corner of her eyes she gave no hint of it—indeed I was almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her by coming in.” (Fitzgerald 13). Jordan is one who gets bored very quickly, another example of this is when she attended Gatsby’s party; she kept getting bored of the crowds she was associating herself with. Her lethargic attitude is a part of her appearance. An example of this is when she played in a golf tournament and cheated her way to win. Like Daisy, Jordan does not want to take responsibility for her actions. Having Jordan wear white gives everyone the appearance that she is much too innocent and pure to engage in such immoral actions. Some people change their identity by changing what they wear to fit...

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