Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The artwork by Sandy Bostelman, done in 2008, conveys the similar message to the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1923. Sandy Bostelman was born in United States and she is self-taught artist. The art-piece she drawn above does represent how she has been walking through the path of being real artist. Both piece of artwork involve isolated character, depressing colors, and isolated scene. Characters of the novel seem to be isolated from many different ways. They became isolated after they recognize their isolation, clinging to the past, and not even trying to change at all. Daisy, Gatsby, and Nick are the main characters that are isolated from the scene. Daisy finds herself alone after giving birth to her daughter,…show more content…
In this artwork, there are various colors included: Red, Green, Brown, and white. The majority of these colors lie on darker side, which sets the depressing mood. The Color Red in novel is described as: “The rain was still falling, but the darkness had parted in the west, and there was a pink and golden billow of foamy clouds above the sea”(Fitzgerald 101) and “Gatsby stood in the center of the crimson carpet and gazed around with fascinated eyes” (Fitzgerald 123). These quotes show that red was used when Gatsby and Daisy are around each other. Gatsby watching red carpet means he is in love. Red symbolizes passion and love, which triggered isolation of Gatsby. Green symbolizes jealousy, Hope and American Dream, and Wealth. The term of isolation is more connected to the 8hope and American Dream, Because the green light represents Daisy the American Dream of Gatsby’s: "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us ”( Fitzgerald 193). Here, the green light embodies Gatsby's American Dream – to win Daisy, and when Gatsby "won" her, the lights vanished, symbolizing the end of Gatsby's American dream and starts to cling himself back to the past. Brown represents corruption. At the beginning, Jordan wears white to signify her innocence to Nick. Later, Nick describes Jordan with golden shoulders to imply her corruption. When Nick speaks with Jordan for last time, he…show more content…
The room the man can be the Gatsby staying alone, Daisy staying alone, and even in one’s imagination. This scene when daisy gives to birth to her daughter, both Daisy and her daughter seem to be very depressed and isolated “It'll show you how I've gotten to feel about – things…And I hope she'll be a fool – that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 20). Daisy gives birth to her child alone in the hospital, but Tom is nowhere near to her. Apparently, he's not even pacing the hall with a cigar, the way dads were supposed to back in the 1920s. Just like the artwork, Daisy is in room without her husband just like her little daughter born alone in room without her dad. After the death of the Gatsby Nick realizes how desolate Gatsby was “Next morning I sent the butler to New York with a letter to Wolfsheim…I began to have a feeling of defiance, of scornful solidarity between Gatsby and me against them all”(Fitzgerald 176). He also realizes in Gatsby’s loneliness funeral “A little before three the Lutheran minister arrived from Flushing, and I began to look involuntarily out the windows for other cars. So did Gatsby's father. And as the time passed and the servants came in and stood waiting in the hall, his eyes began to blink anxiously, and he spoke of the rain in a worried, uncertain way. The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and

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