The Color Gold In The Great Gatsby

1124 words - 4 pages

Mike DiepENG4UMs. MendhamNovember 5, 2014TitleWealth and materialism is clearly shown with Fitzgerald's use of color gold. It appears throughout the novel of "The Great Gatsby" as a symbol of wealthiness and materialism. The author uses this color several times throughout this novel to construct a theme that the value of the American dream has been devalued from opportunities and success, to the pursuit of material goods. Fitzgerald's use of colors, especially gold, displays the degradation of value of the American dream to obtainment of materials and wealth. It is displayed by the contrast of gold and yellow, the lower and middle class trying to obtain materials with gold, and using gold in simple and normal objects.The gold color is similar to yellow but however the value of gold is much greater. Fitzgerald contrasts the two throughout the novel to represent the pursuit of the American dream. "The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher" (40). The event takes place at Gatsby's house with the orchestra playing music. The author describes the orchestra playing a yellow cocktail music. The use of yellow is to describe the overall atmosphere of the party and to contrast the difference between gold. The author uses yellow instead of gold is to show that the guests at Gatsby's party are in pursuit of the American dream. The orchestra enhancing the meaning of yellow because it is heard throughout the party.The overall message of what Fitzgerald tries to say connecting these two ideas is that these people have devalued the American dream; the guests attending a party that is seemed to be wealthy and materialistic. "gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps. 'Hello!' they cried together. 'Sorry you didn't win.' That was for the golf tournament. She had lost in the finals the week before. 'You don't know who we are,' said one of the girls in yellow," (42-43). Girls approach Jordan Baker and Nick Carraway at Gatsby's party. They talk about their sympathy for Jordan's loss on her golf tournament. Fitzgerald uses yellow on the girls to display how they are in pursuit of the American dream. The dresses are yellow to specifically show how they are trying to reach the potential of gathering gold materials. Yellow being very similar to gold but is a lesser value.The class levels throughout the novel is apparent due to the colors that represent each class. Fitzgerald uses grey to demonstrate the lower class, mainly yellow for middle, and gold for the upper. However, the lower and middle will have some gold to demonstrate their pursuit for the American dream. The lower class and middle pursue for materialistic goods to be of higher class. "I bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit and investment securities, and they stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint, promising to unfold...

Find Another Essay On The Color Gold In The Great Gatsby

Symbolism and Color Imagery In The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Fitzgerald

1088 words - 4 pages Symbolism & Color Imagery In The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Fitzgerald uses colors to represent symbols and themes throughout The Great Gatsby. The characters in the novel are often associated with a key color and this can help depicate emotions and feelings in certain events. Fitzgerald also uses color to place a deeper and stronger connection to other topics. His use of color imagery and symbolism enhances the novel in ways that only color

Color Symbolism Used in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1064 words - 5 pages . The color red is most significantly shown when Nick tells us that he "bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit and investment securities, and they stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint, promising to unfold the shining secrets that Midas and Morgan and Maecenas knew." Fitzgerald uses the color red alongside with colors such as yellow and white to illustrate a close resemblance between the colors to represent the ugliness of reality. Works Cited Fitzgerald, Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004.

Great Gatsby Color Imagery & Symbolism

1550 words - 6 pages “girls in yellow dresses” are too ways that show that Gatsby tries to fit in with “old money.” Yellow or gold deals with the real money, gold of course, while green would be considered new money. It is also humorous that Daisy which is a yellow flower is also the most impure character in the book. Green is the last large color imagery in The Great Gatsby. The color green is a tremendous thing for Gatsby. He almost worships the green light at the

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

853 words - 3 pages In the novel, The Great Gatsby, there is lots of reflection on symbolism, and especially colored symbolism. In this novel symbolism is a very important factor, it shows the difference between the different characters and scenes in the novel. The color green influences the story a lot. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White too plays an even more important role in the novel as it is

Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

547 words - 2 pages is married to Daisy.       Countryman 2 Gatsby bought a gold car to show of his great wealth. He wanted Daisy to see the car, know he had become wealthy, and was now the man she wanted him to be. “It was a yellow car, he said”(p147)      Daisy and Jordan wore the color white through out the novel. “They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

1908 words - 8 pages Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, the green light on Daisy's dock, the East and West Eggs, and the entire novel in general. Symbolism is the key to create a story to be as marvelous as it can be. By using a plentiful amount of symbols, you can grasp a deeper meaning into this book than what is just on the surface.While reading The Great Gatsby, you will soon come to realize that green isn't the only color that holds a symbolic meaning to it. First

Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby"

1190 words - 5 pages Symbol, as defined in the dictionary, is "Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible", and plays a very important part in F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Great Gatsby. On the surface, it is a love story with a tragic ending, but if one looks deeper into the novel's many profound symbols and themes, one will find that it is a

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

532 words - 2 pages the book and he uses many objects around him to represent his emotions and their status. The Great Gatsby, is full of symbolism, which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s car makes many appearances and is a big part of the novel. Gatsby’s car in this case is a symbol for his wealth and status. His car is "a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

916 words - 4 pages he uses to show the dreams of each character are drifting away. He also connects the color yellow, on Doctor T.J. Eckleburg’s glasses, with the greed and wealth of the characters. Another symbol used in The Great Gatsby is the Valley of Ashes. The Valley of Ashes is located between West Egg and New York City, and all it is, is land with the dumping of industrial ashes all over it. It represents the moral and social decay that results

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

2082 words - 9 pages souls as dark as the outward appearance of The Valley of Ashes. Fitzgerald seeks to reveal veiled messages analyzing the real world and its wide variety and contradictions, through character symbolism, color symbolism, geographical symbolism and the symbols of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald crafts Jay Gatsby to represent the positives and negatives of American society, showing that despite its many flaws American

Moralism in The Great Gatsby

889 words - 4 pages The book, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, deals with the issue of morals and humanity's errors. A lack of moral values and convictions within the characters of The Great Gatsby leads to their own downfall. As examples of humanity's wrongs, Fitzgerald uses the characters of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby represents the broken heart that cannot let go while Daisy gets caught in a glimpse of greatness and lacks any type of

Similar Essays

Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

2817 words - 11 pages Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses color symbolism throughout as a major device in thematic and character development. He uses colors to symbolize the many different intangible ideas in the book. Throughout the book characters, places, and objects are given "life" by colors, especially the more prominent ones. F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes the color yellow to symbolize moral deterioration and depravity. F. Scott Fitzgerald writes, “The

"The Great Gatsby" Color Analysis

639 words - 3 pages Character Color Analysis"The Great Gatsby", written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is discusses social classes, and focuses on the theme of a fading social order. This theme is shown in the relationships between the characters and undoubtedly in the characters themselves. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald not only uses color symbolism to set the scenes and events, but he also uses it to present, describe, and shape every single character. Gatsby is one

Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

986 words - 4 pages F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in the 1920s. It is a story told through the eyes of Nick Caraway. Nick tells the story about a tragic love triangle between Nicks cousin Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan who is having an affair with a married woman named Myrtle Wilson. Fitzgerald uses many colors to describe many objects, feelings and emotions; this is called color symbolism. Color symbolism is “the use

Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1433 words - 6 pages The Jazz era of the 1920's introduced many new innovations to literature, including the use of color symbolism. Upon seeing a certain color, the mind is triggered into connecting the color with a specific emotion or meaning. Through the effective use of the colors green, white, and gray in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates how colors are able to symbolize and enhance characterization and setting. Because the author is able to