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Green is most prominent in the scenery behind Gatsby's mansion, namely

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Importance of Color Colors in novels and movies can be used to symbolize larger and grander themes which are central to the subject. In the case of the Great Gatsby there are a distinct number of colors which play a central symbolic role: green, white and grey. Green is most prominent in the scenery behind Gatsby's mansion, namely the green light which blinks from the Buchanan's dock. The green light represents all of Gatsby's combined aspirations, hopes and dreams for the future, past and present. In terms of the past it represents what he lost; since it is Mrs. Daisy Buchanan's dock he is longing over. Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in the darkness he even reaches towards it with hope and yet despair. ...read more.


In Gatsby's case, he has a great need for his green money since he needs it to impress Daisy with lavish and extravagant parties. There are different specific green elements within Gatsby's life that depicts his money too, this includes his enormous green lawn, the green ivy growing up on his house and the green leather which covers his car seats. All of these minor green details depict his acquired wealth. White is a central color in relation to Daisy. She loves to wear white, adores white roses, adores white mansion etc anything white is her passion. In the past and present white has represented innocence and purity. Fitzgerald mentions her gleaming white house, white rooms and Daisy's white dress. ...read more.


(pg23) This color can be seen as the representation of poverty and failure. The characters that live in this area have failed to joined the elite in the society and are instead apart of the lower-class society and live in poverty with no way but further down to go. The color represents colorlessness and the lack of life since the valley of ashes embodies this color. Mainly this color can be linked into George since based on this quote "an ashen dust veiled Wilson's suit and his pale hair...."(pg26) we can state that George personifies the meaning of hopelessness in the book and that from the start there was no hope for George. ...read more.

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