Thursday, May 30, 2019
gatcolor Color Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby :: Great Gatsby Essays
Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby        Colors can symbolize many different things.  Artists use colours in their paintings when they  ask you to see what they are trying to express.  Like if an artist is trying to express sorrow or death he often uses blacks blues, and grays basic every(prenominal)y he uses olive-drab twines.  You automatically feel what the artist is trying to express.  When the artist uses bright colors you feel warm and you feel happiness.  In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is like an artist.  He uses colors to symbolize the many different intangible ideas in the book.  He uses the color yellow to symbolize moral decay decadence and death. Then he uses the color white to symbolize innocence.  He also uses the color green to express hope.  Fitzgeralds use of the color green the strongest. Although these are non the only colors that Fitzgerald uses for symbolism, they are the ones that he expresses the most.  This book is a very colorful book in the sense that it uses colors to cover so many different aspects of peoples lives.         Fitzgerald uses the color yellow to symbolize moral decay.  On (Page 18) he writes The lamp-light, bright on his boots and dull on the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair.  He is talking about Tom and Jordan Baker, and he is suggesting that tom might be heading for moral decay.  In the book there are several things that Tom does that might prove this.  First of all Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson.  A second thing is that he does not like Gatsby, and several times he tries to prove that he is not who he says he is.  Tom even hires a detective to prove this.  Gatsby had  a Rolls Royce that was yellow His station wagon scampered like a yellow brisk-bug . . .  (Page 39).  Gatsbys simple machine was referred to many times in the book, but it was always referred to as The yellow car (Page 157).         The color yellow was used most frequently when there was a death.  One of the first things that Fitzgerald wrote about when Myrtle died was when they laid her on a table in the garage.