The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby

There are a lot of motifs in "The Great Gatsby". One that really stuck out and happened over and over was, parties.Throughout the book, parties are happening. Parties represent the American dream. Most people would go to parties to show off their high class and money. This showed that they lived the American dream too.Even Myrtle, Tom's mistress, tries to achieve the American Dream. Even if it means having to go behind Daisy's back with Tom to get it.However, the American dream is not all it works up to be. By the end of the book, the American dream is falling apart. When things go wrong, all those who "claimed" to be living the American dream, hid away and pretened nothing happened. Proof of this is shown especially with Daisy and Tom, along with all those who would go to Gatsby's great parties, but did not show for his funeral.Although the American dream changes through time, Fitzgerald believes that no matter what the American dream may be at that moment, it is not all it works up to be.I researched more on what the author, Fitzgerald has to say on the American Dream. I assumed he had a strong opinion considering how he wrote the American Dream in his book. This is what he said on the matter, "The idea that we're the greatest people in the world because we have the most money in the world is ridiculous. Wait until this wave of prosperity is over! Wait ten or fifteen years! Wait until the next war on the Pacific..." Fitzgerald. Churchwell, Sarah. "The Great Gatsby and the American Dream." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 25 May 2012. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.

The Great Gatsby

Gold represents riches and money.

COLOR

Fitzgerald cleverly applies colors to the characters in his book. Allowing the characters to be more life like and put the image in your head. Below is the list of characters and their colors.Daisy: whiteTom: goldGatsby: greenNick: whiteAlthough Daisy and Nick are represented by the same color, the person who truly is white, is Nick. Daisy seems to cover up her thoughts and wants, such as wanting Gatsby, by pretending innocence and purity with the color white.I chose the color gold for this assignment because gold represents riches and money, which is the American dream. Tom represents the color gold because he is rich and has the picture perfect life. However, you can tell he is unhappy with this life, because he sneaks out to have a mistress. Even with his riches and money, he is unhappy with the American dream.Although Tom represents the color gold, you read it throughout the book whenever someone rich is mentioned. I included pictures of Gatsby with the color gold. Although he is represented as the color green, you can see that he is living the American dream because his belongings, car, clothes are gold.Although the characters have colors to represent them, there is more color representation in the book.Gray: lifelessGreen: lifeWhite: innocence/pureGold: richness

Theme: The American DreamMotif: PartiesCharacter Color: Gold (Tom)

Whenever you see the Fleur De Lis, you can see a glimpse of what the American Dream looked like in the 1920's. It is gold to represent riches.


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