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Gatbsy Research Essay

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Gatsby lives his life like a dream, with everything perfect and the girl that he loves loving him back and being the white little angel that he has built her up to be. The striking and beautiful use of colors delicately separates the dream and the reality just like they separate Daisy from the angel. It seems that Gatsby’s mind is filled with all colors, but he is blind to them all but green which stands for Daisy. Fitzgerald’s use of colors creates depth to everything in the story and gives something more beautiful and emotional to The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses a large range of colors as symbols in The Great Gatsby.
Beautifully, Fitzgerald fills Jay Gatsby’s parties with vivid colors. ...view middle of the document...

Green is a dream color, and the symbol of “the limitless promise of the dream Gatsby pursues to its inevitably tragic end” (Schneider). It represents both love and money, which are both of Gatsby’s dreams and goals to achieve. It all swirls together. Money is the color yellow, and it is what Gatsby uses to try to win Daisy’s love. He wants to show her his home, and all of his beautiful things, because he thinks without all of his money, he will never win her love. So to get his color green, he uses the yellow money to get love and complete it. By the end of the story, green will be more than just a dream color, and show the change of Gatsby’s dreams.
Purity and innocence do not exist in The Great Gatsby. The color white is ironic when worn by Jordan and Daisy. The girls are very corrupted, yet they are introduced to the reader wearing the color white. The girls are “both in white, and their dresses [are] rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house” (Fitzgerald 8). Daisy is “the white flower with the golden center” (Schneider). Her voice is “full of money” (Fitzgerald 120). Daisy seems pure and angelic on the outside, but on the inside she is corrupted by the money that makes up her whole life. Gold and yellow are inside of her. Unfortunately, Gatsby seems to be blind to all of this within Daisy because he has created an allusion of her over the last five years they have been apart. He sees her as perfect and white, even though she is not. Gatsby is blind to Daisy’s golden center, and always has been , even as “his heart beat[s] faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own” (Fitzgerald 110). In the end, Daisy does not live up to Gatsby’s dreams.
The symbol of money and the ultimate corrupter of the dream is the color yellow. It taints the white and the purity. Jordan’s fingers are “powdered white over their tan” (Fitzgerald 116) showing that, just like Daisy, she is ultimately corrupted by yellow but covers it up in white. Yellow is the money that stains everything and everyone in The Great Gatsby. It is a component of Gatsby’s green, because yellow is one of the colors that make up the color green. It is the one thing that ends up separating him from his dream, and had him separated from it all along from the very beginning of his love and dream for Daisy. Yellow changes Gatsby, and makes him something he is not. Without yellow, Daisy would never look at him again. It is...

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