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The Great Gatsby Symbolism Essay The Hidden Story in Green and White Colour symbolism is really popular in novels written during the 1920s One such example is Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby There is much colour symbolism in this novel but there are two main colours that stand out more than the others The colours green and white influence the story greatly Green shows many thoughts ideas attitudes and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story White represents the stereotypical fa that every character is hiding behind The colour green as it is used in the novel symbolizes different choices the character Gatsby can make during his life The green element in this novel is taken from the green light at the end of the dock near Daisys house The colour itself represents serenity as in everything is perfect This warns Gatsby that he should not pursue his dream for getting Daisy back because his chance has passed and everything is as it should be This is shown with Nicks insight His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it He did not know that it was already behind him Pg189 Another symbolization of the colour green which contradicts the first is the meaning go As in a traffic light signal most people associate green with the word and action go This can be interpreted as meaning Gatsby should go for his dream without hesitation It implies that Gatsby and Daisy are meant to be together and nothing should stop Gatsby from his destined happiness and love with Daisy It inspires hope for Gatsby that he is on the right path heading towards the best years of his life He believes that things will soon be as they once were only better Im going to fix everything just the way they were before he said nodding determinedly Shell seePg 117 The last symbolization the colour green
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