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Colours and aspiration in F Scott Fitzgeralds The great Gatsby
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Fitzgerald’s most famous novel The Great Gatsby is about the wealthy inhabitants in Long Island during the 1920s. The narrator of the novel is Nick Carraway and through his eyes the reader sees the world in different colours, not always the anticipated ones. This made me draw the conclusion that in the novel, colours have a strong symbolic value. Hence, the purpose of this essay is to look at Fitzgerald’s use of colours in order to decide what they symbolize. I present how the different colours portray the true background of the main characters since different colours represent different social levels. One aspect that I have looked at is how the mixture of colours predicts negative actions. Furthermore, there is another aspect to the employment of colour symbolism in the novel; the colours describe the characters and they emphasize or reinforce the social and economic hierarchy that the characters supposedly have. The frequent appearance of colours in The Great Gatsby foregrounds a certain type of class. The way Fitzgerald uses colours in his novel helps us, the readers, to see through the characters and discover their true background.

Abstract [en]

Fitzgerald’s most famous novel The Great Gatsby is about the wealthy inhabitants in Long Island during the 1920s. The narrator of the novel is Nick Carraway and through his eyes the reader sees the world in different colours, not always the anticipated ones. This made me draw the conclusion that in the novel, colours have a strong symbolic value. Hence, the purpose of this essay is to look at Fitzgerald’s use of colours in order to decide what they symbolize. I present how the different colours portray the true background of the main characters since different colours represent different social levels. One aspect that I have looked at is how the mixture of colours predicts negative actions. Furthermore, there is another aspect to the employment of colour symbolism in the novel; the colours describe the characters and they emphasize or reinforce the social and economic hierarchy that the characters supposedly have. The frequent appearance of colours in The Great Gatsby foregrounds a certain type of class. The way Fitzgerald uses colours in his novel helps us, the readers, to see through the characters and discover their true background.

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2002. , 17 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53683Local ID: ENG C-13OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53683DiVA: diva2:1102243
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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