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  1. 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald Color Symbolism within The Great Gatsby. Sydney Smith Professor Elizabeth Owens English 1102
  2. 2. F. Scott Fitzgerald: His Life <ul><li>September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940 </li></ul><ul><li>American born author during the “Jazz Age” </li></ul><ul><li>Published four complete novels </li></ul><ul><li>One novel was never completed </li></ul><ul><li>Married Zelda Sayer in 1920 </li></ul><ul><li>Their only child was born the following year </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald died in 1940 of a massive heart attack </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda died in 1848 in a fire at the Highland mental Hospital </li></ul>
  3. 3. F. Scott Fitzgerald: His Works <ul><li>Novels: </li></ul><ul><li>This Side of Paradise (1920) </li></ul><ul><li>The Beautiful and Damned (1922) </li></ul><ul><li>The Great Gatsby (1925) </li></ul><ul><li>Tender is the Night (1934) </li></ul><ul><li>The Love of the Last Tycoon –published posthumously (1941) </li></ul>
  4. 4. F. Scott Fitzgerald: His Works Cont. <ul><li>Short Stories: </li></ul><ul><li>Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1920) </li></ul><ul><li>Head and Shoulders (1920) </li></ul><ul><li>The Ice Palace (1920) </li></ul><ul><li>May Day (Novelette, 1920) </li></ul><ul><li>The Offshore Pirate (1920) </li></ul><ul><li>The Four Fists (1920) </li></ul><ul><li>The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1921) </li></ul><ul><li>The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (Novella, 1922) </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Dreams (1922) </li></ul><ul><li>Dice, Brassknuckles & Guitar (1923) </li></ul><ul><li>The Rich Boy (1926) </li></ul><ul><li>The Freshest Boy (1928) </li></ul><ul><li>Magnetism (1928) </li></ul><ul><li>A New Leaf (1931) </li></ul><ul><li>Babylon Revisited (1931) </li></ul><ul><li>Crazy Sunday (1932) </li></ul><ul><li>The Fiend (1935) </li></ul><ul><li>The Bridal Party </li></ul><ul><li>The Baby Party </li></ul><ul><li>The Lost Decade (1938) </li></ul><ul><li>He Thinks He's Wonderful (1928) </li></ul>
  5. 5. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby <ul><li>Characters: </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Carraway </li></ul><ul><li>Jay Gatsby </li></ul><ul><li>Daisy Buchanan </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Buchanan </li></ul><ul><li>Jordan Baker </li></ul><ul><li>George Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>Myrtle Wilson </li></ul>
  6. 6. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby <ul><li>Color Symbolism: </li></ul><ul><li>- Green </li></ul><ul><li> - White </li></ul><ul><li>-Yellow </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Great Gatsby: Color Symbolism <ul><li>Green </li></ul><ul><li>Represents hope and promise </li></ul><ul><li>Physically represented by the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock </li></ul><ul><li>Can be taken as a symbol of Gatsby’s hope for a future with Daisy </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Great Gatsby: Color Symbolism <ul><li>White </li></ul><ul><li>White symbolizes purity, or the lack there of </li></ul><ul><li>Physically represented by the clothing worn by Daisy, Gatsby, Jordan and Nick </li></ul><ul><li>Represents the purity lacking from Daisy, Gatsby, and Jordan’s lives </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Great Gatsby: Color Symbolism <ul><li>Yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Represents wealth and depravity </li></ul><ul><li>Physically represented by gold objects at Gatsby’s parties and the spectacles of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg </li></ul><ul><li>Shows Gatsby’s desire for wealth and the spectacles represent the eyes of God watching the Valley of Ashes and society as a moral wasteland </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Great Gatsby: Color Symbolism <ul><li>Colors are used exquisitely throughout The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s ability to portray emotion and tendencies through color is astonishing. By bringing all of these aspects together, Fitzgerald was able to create a novel that would withstand the test of time. </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. 12. Works Cited <ul><li>Lorcher, Trent. &quot;Symbolism in The Great Gatsby.&quot; Bright Hub . SallyFD, 17 004 2010. Web. 12 Jul 2010. <http://www.brighthub.com/education/homework-tips/articles/39752.aspx?p=2#ixzz0tcRpuvek>. </li></ul><ul><li>Millett, Fredrick C. &quot;Analysis: The Great Gatsby.&quot; MSU EDU. Frerick C. Millett, n.d. Web. 18 Jul 2010. <https://www.msu.edu/~millettf/gatsby.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Smith, M. &quot;Literary Analysis: Color symbolism in The Great Gatsby.&quot; Helium: Where Knowledge Rules . Helium, 07 005 2008. Web. 12 Jul 2010. <http://www.helium.com/items/1069499-the-great-gatsby---color-symbolism>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Great Gatsby Sybmolism, Imagery and Allagory.&quot; Shmoop Beta . Shmoop University, 2010. Web. 12 Jul 2010. <http://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/symbolism-imagery.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Great Gatsby: Themes, Motifs & Symbols.&quot; Sparknotes . Sparknotes LLC, 2010. Web. 12 Jul 2010. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/themes.html>. </li></ul>

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