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Colors in Great Gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the author uses colors to symbolize various scenes and the moods of different characters. Each of the colors has a specific meaning, and the author does an excellent job in assigning these colors to specific characters and situations. The author uses the color green most often, and in most cases it symbolizes feelings related to loneliness and jealousy. In addition to the color green, the author also uses the color white to signify wealth, and the color yellow to relate to aging and decaying. The color gold relates to money and power, and the color black represents negativity.
Almost all the chapters include the color green, and green does not always symbolize the same thing. It relates to many different relations, such as loneliness, envy, anger, and death. In the beginning of the book, wefirst notice green as the color of the light in front of Daisy's house. Since her house is across the bay from Gatsby's house, he can see and feel her presence. The green light in Gatsby's house also symbolizes loneliness because it is turned on while the Saturday parties are held, but when Daisy starts visiting him, the green light disappears because Gatsby is no longer lonely. Green also stands for envy. Gatsby is a dominant figure in this book, and the fact that he obtains his wealth at such a young age makes many jealous of him. As Nick describes his car, "It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length" (65). We notice that he envies him for not having that sort of luxurious car, and the green leather interior symbolizes this envy. Tom is also jealous of Gatsby. He shows his jealousy by driving Gatsby's car because it is better than his own. Another sign of Tom's jealousy is the green mint julep that they drink in the Plaza


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