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In a time of mass immigration to the United States citizens became overjoyed with the idea of the American Dream This period of time was at the turn of the nineteenth century to mid twentieth century There were many issues where people with old money acquired wealth because of inheritance were considered of higher class than people with new money wealth acquired by hard work Consequently books were written on this topic one of which being one of the best American authors of all time F Scott Fitzgerald Fitzgerald used symbolism in many of his novels Symbolism is shown in F Scott Fitzgeralds most well known novel The Great Gatsby by the colors green gold and yellow and white Daisys character is enhanced by Fitzgeralds use of the color white to indicate Daisys freshness and innocence He notes the gleaming white house the airy white rooms and the red and white Georgian House 7-10 Daisy also talks of her white girlhood 20 Fitzgerald has two meanings for the color white one is the traditional meaning of purity the second is the empowerment of whiteness Daisy as she is initially presented represents both privilege and purity a kind of princess figure The use of white helps to characterize her as the unattainable enchanted princess in Gatsby s dream However the different shades of white indicate that Daisy may not be the epitome of purity and that privilege may have a corrupting effect as an egg is white is white pure and innocent on the outside but yellow corrupt on the inside This example corresponds directly to Daisys character Green stands as the most prominent color Fitzgerald uses in The Great Gatsby Green is significantly associated with both the green light of Daisys dock and the green breast of the new world which unites the hope and promise of Gatsby s dream with that of America itself The color green is associated with spring hope and youth
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