In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbolism and adds complexity to the characters and deepens our understanding to their true identity. There is always a deeper thought into everything that happens.
The identity of white is rottened by the eerie characters of East Egg. The people of East Egg are different from the people of West Egg, a border between the new rich and the old rich. East Egg can be described as a winter wonderland because people there are known to wear the color white. White is a sign of purity and goodness like the outside color of an egg. The white shell that covers the fakeness inside the egg, which is yellow, represents fakeness and jealousy. “Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water.” (pg.1) This quotes is describing the perfection and extravagance of the people of East Egg. Which is the home of Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan. In the book they wore a lot of white to show their wealth and purity. But it’s only the exterior of their selves. Tom for example is stuck up and snobby. He thinks that he is more important than other person. Daisy is the type of girl to find happiness in money.
She fell in love with Tom because of his wealth while Gatsby was away in war. But when Gatsby came back, he acquired his wealth and had massive parties. So Daisy became upset that she didn’t marry Gatsby because of his money. “Clarence Endive was from East Egg, as I remember. He came only once, in white knickerbockers, and had a fight with a bum named Etty in the garden.” (pg. 67) Nick remembered that Clarence was from Eat Egg not only because of his white knickerbockers, but because he had a fight with a bum, someone who isn’t wealthy at all. This is another example of how East Egg civilians are imaged as pure as the white feathers of doves and think that they are inferior over anyone who aren’t up to there status. The Green light gives hope for the future even when it’s to far to reach.
Gatsby’s green light was his hope in Daisy leaving Tom for him. The reason for his massive parties and exuberant clothing was to impress Daisy. Even before he left for the war, him and Daisy had loved each other. He wrote a letter to Daisy explaining his love for her before she left. On her wedding day, she became intoxicated while she was reading the letter he has written for her. She then was so drunk that she wanted to not marry Tom and wanted to go back to Gatsby. But her friends sobered her up and had Jordan put the letter in the water and watch it dissolve, to show that she will not go back to Gatsby; she will marry Tom. Since then he has been trying to win her back. It wasn’t until Tom found out about their affair; she came out to Toms saying that she was in love with Gatsby. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.
It eluded us then, but that’s no matter— tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning—- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back carelessly into the past”. ( pg. 193) Gatsby believed that we have a million choices and a million chances. The older we get, the fewer chances we have to reach our goals. But no matter what, there is still hope that not even distance can come between you and what your dreams are. “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.” (pg.99)
When Tom was showing Daisy around the house, he pointed out the light at the end her dock. The green light at the end of her dock embodied a guide to his house. If she ever needs anything all she has to do is go to him and he will be there for her. Symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is very important. Colors of any object or any normal can be taken as a symbol for something in the book. The author was very clever in making everything have a deeper meaning that what it actually is. It gives the reader a more interesting twist and makes them want think deeper about what he actually means.