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Color symbolism is demonstrated thoughout the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are many colors symbolised in this novel, but there is one main color that is used most repeatedly more than the others. The color green influences the story greatly. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. Fitzgerald cleverly inputs the color green to give the reader a different point of view of what is actually been said.

The color 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 Daisy's house. The color 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 Nick's insight, "This dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him?"(Pg.189). In this situation, Nick is talking about Gatsby and that his dream was closer than he thought.

Another symbolization of the color 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. ""I'm going to fix everything just the way they were before." he said nodding determinedly, "She'll see"(Pg.



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