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Colors can symbolize many different things Artists use colors in their paintings when they want you to see what they are trying to express Like if an artist is trying to express sorrow or death he often uses blacks blues and grays basically he uses dreary colors You automatically feel what the artist is trying to express When the artist uses bright 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 intangible ideas in the book He uses the color yellow to symbolize moral decay decadence and death Then he uses the color white to symbolize innocence He also uses the color green to express hope Fitzgeralds use of the color green the strongest Although these are not the only colors that Fitzgerald uses for symbolism they are the ones that he expresses the most This book is a very colorful book in the sense that it uses colors to cover so many different 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 is talking about Tom and Jordan Baker and he is suggesting that tom might be heading for moral decay In the book there are several things that Tom does that might prove this First of all Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson A second thing is that he does not like Gatsby and several times he tries to prove that he is not who he says he is Tom even hires a detective to prove this Gatsby had a Rolls Royce that was yellow His station wagon scampered like a yellow brisk-bug Page 39 Gatsbys car was referred to many times in the book but it was always
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