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Use Of Colors To Symbolize The Many Different Intangible Ideas In The Book "The Great Gatsby" By F.Sott Fitzgerald

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Colors can symbolize many different things. Artists use colors in their paintingswhen they want you to see what they are trying to express. Like if an artist is trying toexpress sorrow or death he often uses blacks blues, and grays basically he uses drearycolors. You automatically feel what the artist is trying to express. When the artist usesbright colors you feel warm and you feel happiness. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald is like an artist. He uses colors to symbolize the many different intangibleideas in the book. He uses the color yellow to symbolize moral decay decadence anddeath. Then he uses the color white to symbolize innocence. He also uses the color greento express hope. Fitzgerald's use of the color green the strongest. Although these are notthe only colors that Fitzgerald uses for symbolism, they are the ones that he expresses themost. This book is a very colorful book in the sense that it uses colors to cover so manydifferent aspects of peoples lives.Fitzgerald uses the color yellow to symbolize moral decay. On (Page 18) he writes' The lamp-light, bright on his boots and dull on the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair.' He istalking about Tom and Jordan Baker, and he is suggesting that tom might be heading formoral decay. In the book there are several things that Tom does that might prove this. Firstof all Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. A second thing is that he does not likeGatsby, and several times he tries to prove that he is not who he says he is. Tom evenhires a detective to prove this. Gatsby had a Rolls Royce that was yellow 'His stationwagon scampered like a yellow brisk-bug . . .' (Page 39). Gatsby's car was referred tomany times in the book, but it was always referred to as 'The yellow car' (Page 157).The color yellow was used most frequently when there was a death. One of thefirst things that Fitzgerald wrote about when Myrtle died was when they laid her on a tablein the garage. He wrote 'The garage, which was lit only by a yellow light in a swingingwire basket overhead' page . Wilson her husband was in a dazed...

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