Color Symolism Of The Great Gatsby

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The Importance of Color F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, the great Gatsby, takes place in the fictional peninsulas of East Egg and West Egg just after World War I during the prohibition era. The book is about the dreams of one man who is stuck in the past, embodying the American dream and his eventual destruction because of the corruption of the American dream. From both the side of this story, there is an underlying theme of power gained from wealth and artificial social status. All throughout the book, the Great Gatsby, there are many types of color symbolism, mainly referring to the colors gold and white for money and emptiness respectively; the more prominent of these symbols are the character Daisy, the clothing and major items, and the “Valley of Ashes.” Fitzgerald puts a lot of emphasis on a major character, Daisy, in his novel, The Great Gatsby. It begins with her name, Daisy, and use of the colors of a daisy with its golden center surrounded by white petals. The golden center of the flower represents the money and sense of power that Daisy bases her decisions and life around. The white colors of the petals represent the overall emptiness of the material artifacts that Daisy surrounds herself with and the falseness of her life. Here, white also represents the shallowness rather than purity of Daisy and those that she tends to group with and identify herself with. Fitzgerald also uses symbolism in the color of Daisy’s hair. Daisy tends to have two sides, a blonde, empty headed side and a brunette, mysterious side. This combination of the two sides of Daisy is part of Fitzgerald’s conflicting emotions about losing his first love, Ginevra King, and almost losing his second love (eventually his wife), Zelda Sayre (Korenman). The side of Daisy that is mostly seen throughout the book is her blonde, empty-headed, shallowness. A great example is when Tom
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