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The Jazz era of the 1920s introduced many new innovations to literature including the use of color symbolism Upon seeing a certain color the mind is triggered into connecting the color with a specific emotion or meaning Through the effective use of the colors green white and gray in The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates how colors are able to symbolize and enhance characterization and setting Because the author is able to evoke emotions by incorporating color Fitzgerald takes advantage of the ability to connect his characters persona with the reader under discreet terms By not only examining the characters actions and the settings disposition but also the color that portrays them the reader can better interpret the personality of the character and mood of the novel Throughout the novel Fitzgerald uses the color gray to represent hopelessness and unimportance While describing George Wilson he states Mingling immediately with the cement color on the walls A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in its vicinity - except his wife who moved closer to Tom Fitzgerald 28 Although the veil of gray hopelessness surrounds Wilson Myrtle is sheltered from the ugly gray by moving closer to Tom Because Tom is of higher social status Myrtle navely believes that Tom will essentially pull her from the realms of her gray existence in the Valley of Ashes Myrtle Wilson and her husband George Wilson reside in the Valley of Ashes home of the lowest social class Therefore Myrtle is desperately trying to evade the gray atmosphere that expresses the hopelessness of the people felt in the Valley of Ashes However Myrtle eventually succumbs to the gray life she was trying to avoid when she dies in the gray atmosphere in the Valley of Ashes after being struck by Gatsbys car Another important reference is made through the color gray when the author refers to Gatsbys house and how
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