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F Scott Fitzgeralds use of symbolism and colors in The Great Gatsby is prominent in every chapter of his novel To fully understand the meaning of his color use a reader must recognize the situations in which these colors are used The color green is traditionally associated with spring hope and youth One possible meaning of the color green is envy Gatsby can be seen as an envious jealous character He once had the love of his life Daisy but now she is married to another man He spends all of his time and effort in an attempt to win back Daisy It is also probable that Fitzgerald uses green to symbolize money and its power in society Money rules the lives of the people in the story Gatsby needs money to live the life that he does Gatsby also feels he needs the money to win back Daisys love The color green can both symbolize envy and money however the most reasonable meaning would have to be one of future hope especially in Gatsbys case The use of a green light at the end of a landing stage to signal a romantic reunion is intriguingly similar to the green light at the end of Daisys Buchanan s dock which becomes a key image in The Great Gatsby The initial appearance of the green light occurs when Nick sees Gatsby for the first time standing in front of his mansion and stretching out his arms to a single green light minute and far away that might have been the end of a dock The light becomes for Gatsby the symbol of a reunion with Daisy This reunion seems justifiable yet it is so far away from coming true Gold and yellow are colors that symbolize old wealth The colors green and gold contrast in a significant way In old times people used gold as a means for exchange but as a national currency
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