A Stories Symbolism
F. Scott Fitzgerald author of The Great Gatsby is a true artist when it comes to writing. Fitzgerald put time and thought into each and every word of his book, The Great Gatsby. The use of symbolism throughout the novel was outstanding. Fitzgerald shows symbolism through color and the effect it has on every day events. These effects go as far as telling which car belongs to a rich person. He also shows symbolism through not only characters eyes but also the eyes of “god” on the billboard.
The use of color in the novel The Great Gatsby is very profound. Every object has a set color, which displays a deeper meaning than it would appear. One of the more apparent displays of color symbolism is in the city of ashes, “Occasionally a line of grey cars crawls along an invisible track… But above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it” (Fitzgerald, ...view middle of the document...
Daisy Buchanan is another great representation of color symbolism. Her name is a flower that has beautiful white petals and a yellow core. Daisy on the inside is not what you would expect from Daisy on the outside, “It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of …Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes …but there was an excitement in her voice” (Fitzgerald, 12). The petals of Daisy’s name represent her purity and innocence that everyone can see of her, but the yellow core shows how rotten she truly is and her love affair with Gatsby. Gatsby also knows that Daisy is not entirely pure when he says “Her voice is full of money”(Fitzgerald,128). Gatsby knows that Daisy should live in East Egg because is almost all she cares about.
The technology in the novel is primarily automobiles. The color symbolism transfers through technology through the characters sources of transportation. The people who live in the city of ashes depend on the train or an automobile to get to and from work, “line of grey cars… passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour” ( Fitzgerald,26-27). The automobiles and the train are gray because they are caring working class people. The automobiles for the rich are colored according to how they live. Gatsby’s car is yellow, symbolic of gold to show wealth, “It’s a nice yellow one” (Fitzgerald, 131). Tom’s car is blue, which represents Tom’s relationship with Daisy that is based on money not love.
The eyes in the story show how that particular person is seen by others. The symbolism behind eyes in The Great Gatsby is very meaningful. “The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic …but his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain…”(Fitzgerald, 26). Doctor Eckleburgs eyes are suppose to represent Gods eyes looking over all who live in the city. His eyes are blue that has slowly faded from the elements and now look decrepit like the rest of the city of ashes. The other pair of eyes that are the most symbolic in The Great Gatsby are Daisy’s.