Green In The Great Gatsby

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Fitzgerald’s Use of Green in The Great Gatsby The novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells a story of the eccentric wealthy man, Jay Gatsby as told by Nick Carraway. Together they live on long Island. Nick soon discovers Gatsby’s love for a married woman Daisy Buchanan, but cannot figure out the many mysteries behind the fabulously wealthy man. Throughout his novel, The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Fitzgerald uses the color green in association with the character Jay Gatsby to reveal his aspirations, wealth and life. The author utilizes the color green to convey to the reader the hopes and dreams of Gatsby’s life portrayed throughout the novel. Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy. The two dated previously but…show more content…
Besides going to war the rest of his life is altered and centered on her. Gatsby has no family and no real friends. The only person he really has in life that means something to him is Daisy. Towards the end of the novel it is apparent that Daisy will never leave her husband for Gatsby. Daisy and Tom have a child and a lovely house together. Although Daisy is not in love with Tom as she once was. She has just fallen out of being in love. As the summer was ending, the nature dying, and Gatsby’s dreams crumbling, so was Gatsby’s life. Towards the closure of the novel, Gatsby was waiting for Daisy to call him as he lay out in the pool. He was described as “[looking] up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and [shivering] as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass” (169). Gatsby thought Daisy was beautiful and that everything would work out. He thought everything around him was beautiful but now since the love was slowly slipping away he did not look at a rose the same way. Love was not so beautiful or easy as he perceived it. And with the dying love the nature and the grass was dying alongside. Then Gatsby was shot and killed. When found Nick says, “The touch of a cluster of leaves [revolves] it slowly, tracing like the leg of a compass, a thin red circle in the water” (170). Gatsby has no point in living anymore because the one thing he wanted in life he would never have. As Gatsby died, all the beautiful things around him died including the nature. The grass was dead, the leaves of trees were falling and the darker months were coming. A tree can only live with sunlight and warm weather in order to grow luscious leaves; each season when the warm weather and sun disappears it dies. Gatsby can only live if he had Daisy. But he lost her like a tree loses its leaves every fall. As Nick left Gatsby’s home he
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