"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's use of symbolism

What are some symbols used in The Great Gatsby?

How does Fitzgerald use color?

Examples of color use in The Great Gatsby

Critical Analysis of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, centers on the wealthier class, and focuses on the theme of a deteriorating society. The theme can be seen in the relationships between the characters and also in the characters themselves. The colors and symbols in the novel not only help set the scene of the novel, but also help shape the characters, themes, and other literary elements.

The Great Gatsby, set in the early 1920's, takes place over just a few months in New York, just east of the city itself on one of the two egg-shaped islands. Nick Carraway, the main character, lives in West Egg, the main setting.

Carraway's second cousin twice removed, Daisy, and her husband, Tom, live in East Egg, the other island. During the few months, Nick attends parties hosted by Jay Gatsby, his neighbor, whom he later befriends. "Dressed up in white flannels I went over to his lawn a little after seven and wandered around rather ill-at-ease among the swirls and eddies of people I didn't know..." (46). Through the extravagant affairs, Nick meets many new, interesting people, all of them rich, and many quite famous. "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars" (43). Nick gets to know more about his friends, and he finds that they are all connected somehow. Soon, their pasts begin to catch up with them, and the events that follow make their lives take a turn for the worse.

Fitzgerald uses symbolism as an...