Analytical Review: the Great Gatsby

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Analytical Review: “The Great Gatsby” One function of literature is to bring the reader to a clear understanding of the meaning of symbols. As a reader, one would expect that they would receive a full understanding of the many colorful symbols in the novel. Throughout history, authors have used color symbolism to better the readers understanding of their work. In his novel “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses color symbolism to bring his readers to a better understanding of his work as a whole. Although this technique gives the reader some enlightenment of the work, it ultimately falls short of full understanding due to Fitzgerald’s changing the meaning of colors. In the Beginning of his novel, Fitzgerald introduces the reader to the color white. When Nick Carroway goes to the Buchanan’s house for dinner, he finds Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker laying on the couch in white dresses. “They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back after a short flight around the house”(pg. 12). At this point in the novel, the reader is most likely giving the color white the connotation of purity, peace, and innocence. Later however, the pureness of white dies away and Fitzgerald enters his own meaning of the color white into the novel. Although Daisy Buchanan wears white clothing that suggests pureness, she makes a conscious decision to kill her husband’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson with a car that is not even her own. “You two start on home, Daisy,” said Tom. “In Mr. Gatsby’s car” (pg. 142). “The “death car,” as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavering tragically for a moment and then disappeared around the next bend… The other car, the one going toward New York, came to rest a hundred yards beyond, and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life

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