Theme Of Literary Devices In The Great Gatsby

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Literary Devices Used in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, uses different types of literary devices to add dimension, depth, and texture to the novel. Fitzgerald’s devices help develop characters and situations throughout the novel. These devices give the reader a clear idea of the concept Fitzgerald is trying to illustrate to his readers. Color imagery and symbols are literary devices used by Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses the colors white, blue, yellow, gray, and green to help develop and describe certain characters and situations. Yellow is a prevalent color in The Great Gatsby serving a dual symbolism role. It represents money and wealth in one context, and corruption, destruction,…show more content…
Green has many possible meanings, but the most important is the explanation of Gatsby’s character. Green could represent Gatsby’s envy towards others. Gatsby can be interpreted as a jealous, envious character. He once had the love of his life, Daisy, but now she is married to Tom Buchannan. Now Gatsby spends all of his time in an attempt to obtain Daisy’s affection. Gatsby is also envious of the wealthy people that surround him. In an attempt to make himself feel relevant he throws extravagant parties and get-togethers so he can relate to the wealthy. This could prove that Gatsby might be green with envy. Fitzgerald might have used green to symbolize money and its power over society. Money is the key enabler to living the lifestyle led by the characters in the story. Gatsby needs the money in order to maintain his indulgent lifestyle. He also needs the money to get back together with Daisy. Gatsby’s car passengers sit “in a sort of green leather conservatory” (pg. 68). These uses of green can represent riches, as well as the importance of money in Gatsby’s life. The color green does represent money and envy; however, the most accurate meaning would be one of hope. The color green manifests itself as the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock seen in the end of chapter one. Gatsby is seen stretching his arms to “a single green light, minute and far away that might have been the end of dock.” This light is now a symbol of a reunion with Daisy. The green light also signifies the future. As Nick states in the last page of the novel, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter- tomorrow we will run farther, stretch out our arms farther…” Gatsby is striving to find a better world in the green light, yet despite all his efforts, he comes up short in grasping the better life that he wanted. He hopes for the
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