Great Gatsby

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Great Gatsby
The Hidden Story in Green and White Color symbolism is really popular in novels
written during the 1920s. One such example is Scott Fitzgeralds novel The

Great Gatsby. There is much color symbolism in this novel, but there are two
main colors that stand out more than the others. The colors green and white
influence the story greatly. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and
choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White represents the stereotypical
faade that every character is hiding behind. The color green, as it is used in
the novel, symbolizes different choices the character, Gatsby, can make during
his life. The green element in this novel is taken from the green light at the
end of the dock near Daisys house. The color itself represents serenity, as
in everything is perfect. This warns Gatsby that he should not pursue his dream
for getting Daisy back, because his chance has passed and everything is as it
should be. This is shown with Nicks insight, "...His dream must have seemed
so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was
already behind him... (Pg.189)" Another symbolization of the color green,
which contradicts the first, is the meaning "go." As in a traffic light
signal, most people associate green with the word and action "go." This can
be interpreted as meaning Gatsby should go for his dream without hesitation. It
implies that Gatsby and Daisy are meant to be together and nothing should stop

Gatsby from his destined happiness and love with Daisy. It inspires hope for

Gatsby that he is on the right path, heading towards the best years of his life.

He believes that things will soon be as they once were, only better. ""Im
going to fix everything just the way they were before," he said nodding
determinedly. "Shell see."(Pg. 117.)" The last symbolization the color
green has in this novel is an urge to strive ahead in life, to do better in life
and succeed. Gatsby changes his entire persona for a better, more sociable,
image and status. He is constantly striving to be a more successful figure in
society. Ever since he was a boy he put himself on a schedule with hopes for
becoming a highly respected, well-known person. "He knew he had a big future
in front of him. (Pg. 181)," his dad says about him. "Jimmy was bound to get
ahead. He always had some resolves like this...(Pg. 182)." White is the other
color symbolism interlaced into this novel. Where green only influenced one
character, white ...