The Great Gatsby, written in 1922 has gone on to become one of the most famous, top selling novels of all time, having been remade into a cinematic feature for a third time this year. The books success has panned out from the time it was written, not initially well accepted by its audience. Later after F. Scott Fitzgerald had passed away the book went on to become one of the most analyzed and studied books by scholars and young students for its rich symbolism. The heavy exposure to students for many years I believe is a huge contributor towards The Great Gatsby’s success. Colours were seen as very meaningful in this time period, much more than they are to this day. They are used to represent various aspects of social status such as fashion, style and class. When Nick Carraway arrives at Tom’s mansion to visit Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Daisy is outfitted in an all white dress, which symbolizes her innocence. Throughout the story Gatsby wears many different suits, all of which are colours such as shades of gold and silver. This is one of the many ways Gatsby portrays his wealth in an effort to distinguish himself as a man of means. The Valley of Ashes reflects only the opposites of this lifestyle, as it is the poor working class is presented as a dull grey town. In a further attempt to gain Daisy’s attention again Gatsby fashions a powerful green light that he keeps off the docks facing towards the Buchanan’s mansion (pg 22), which can always be seen at night by Daisy. The glowing light never fades over all the years Gatsby lives there, and is a symbol for passion and love he feels for Daisy, which never fades over the five years they have been apart. “The silhouette of a moving cat wavered across the moonlight, and turning my head to watch it, I saw that I was not alone--fifty feet away a figure had emerged from the shadow of my neighbor's mansion with his hands in his pockets . . . “ (Fitzgerald, 21). A strong contrast to the whites of Daisy in the early novel are the blacks and dark shades that associate with Gatsby when he is first introduced in the novel, appearing quiet and mysterious in the dark of his balcony looking towards Daisy’s home across the water. A black silhouette of a cat crosses the moon as he appears. This is a prime example of the author’s use of colour and colour contrast to add a more dynamic effect to the story. Time serves many functions in the world of The Great Gatsby. In fact, Gatsby is living in the past, as he cannot grip losing Daisy to Tom Buchanan, even five years later. Gatsby has done everything in his life in an attempt to impress or even get Daisy’s attention. He cannot move on or see any reason too. Throwing parties every weekend in the hopes Daisy might arrive, ordering decadent fruits and flowers to his home every week just to flaunt his class, and none of it to his benefit. Gatsby’s fortune acquired only to undermine the difference in class between himself and Daisy. Gatsby’s entire lifestyle and persona comes off as fake throughout the novel giving the impression he really was just a working class kid who broke big and acts like old money to act relevant to the people of East Egg. What he fails to
Exam preparation – text response to The Great Gatsby
Notes from Barron's: Great Gatsby (1984) by Anthony S. Abbott, Davidson College Professor of English.
1. Is Gatsby a "hero?" Discuss.
Everyone wants to admire someone. Do you admire Gatsby? Is he a hero to you? If so, why? If not, why not? This essay gives you a wonderful opportunity to take sides. From one point of view, Gatsby is a crook, a bootlegger, a vulgar materialist. From another point of view, he is a dreamer, faithful to his dream…
I believe “The Great Gatsby” had a lot of different themes and symbols. Money, time, and love were all symbols I read and saw. Money was a big part of Gatsby’s life and the other characters lives. Money was the biggest thing in that time in the book. Gatsby had his hopes and dreams based on Daisy He wanted to repeat the past. He wanted to relive the past. Love was a big thing in “The Great Gatsby.” Gatsby was so focused on being with Daisy. Love, money, and time took over Gatsby’s…
Great Gatsby Essay
3. Show how the author’s use of imagery and/or symbolism reveals them OR reinforces aspects of character in a work studied in this course.
The Great Gatsby, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about the love story of the main character Gatsby during the 1920s. In the novel, the author uses colours to reinforce the aspects of characters. Each colour has symbolic meaning from the beginning of the novel, but as the story develops and as the true nature of characters are revealed…
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The Great Gatsby Analysis Essay
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald presents in his story two distinct female characters that are represented as “modernize” women during the Jazz Age. Those two women are Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. Each has their own unique personality and way of life. However, both show the type of woman that escapes from the traditional role and become more progressive. Daisy Buchanan represents the women in the 1920’s…
Dreams and Fallen Themes
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the use of characters, themes, and symbolism to convey the idea of the American Dream and its corruption through the aspects of wealth, family, and status. In regards to wealth and success, Fitzgerald makes clear the growing corruption of the American Dream by using Gatsby himself as a symbol for the corrupted dream throughout the text. In addition, when portraying the family the characters in Great Gatsby are used to expose the corruption…
The American Dream in The Great Gatsby
In the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby, there is a central theme that the American dream has been destroyed by an emphasis on materialism. This is shown through the themes of fabrication of self, attitudes toward women, and the destruction of the American dream. The characters that symbolize this central theme are Gatsby and Daisy. These two characters show the downfall of the American Dream. There are also symbols to support the downfall;…
The Great Gatsby
1. The American Dream--as it arose in the Colonial period and developed in the nineteenth century--was based on the assumption that each person, no matter what his or her origins, could succeed in life on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort.
The Great Gatsby is a novel about what happened to the American dream in the 1920s, a period when the old values that gave substance to the dream had been corrupted by the vulgar pursuit of wealth.
The Great Gatsby
1.1 A brief description of F. Scott Fitzgerald……………………................4
1.2 Colours and its symbolic significances…………………………………5
2. Colours in The Great Gatsby
2.1 Red—— The Jazz Age……………………………………….................7
2.2 White —— The Upper Class……………………………………….......8
2.3 Green ——Aspiration ……………………………………………...9-10
3. Other Colours in The Great Gatsby…
In the Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, it is evident how the past cannot be escaped and how it influences ideas about the present and future. However in the Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning at first it seems so, but once we get to the final sonnet it is evident that has overcome her past and welcomes love into her life. The notion of the statement above regarding the pas, can be explained through the central themes of love/relationship, materialism, The American…
reason why we, as humans, have the ability to read and write. Often times we overlook these simple aspects and she gave us an important lesson, one that she hoped we would never forget. The ability to create sounds with our mouths, drawing of signs, symbols, letters, and numbers with our hands, and that the creation of words on a piece of paper can mean more then to just one's self. It can change the world one person at a time.
The smell of the classroom fragrance was strong. A clean smell, almost…