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The Great Gatsby

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AJ Paolero

on 15 January 2013

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

The Theme of Carelessness Symbolism The Color Yellow Tom and Daisy Motif of Driving English 11 By: AJ Paolero The Great Gatsby The Color Yellow Tom and
Daisy Motif of
Driving F. Scott Fitzgerald "He sat down at a table
with two girls in yellow" (43) The color of the girls' dresses at the party symbolize the corruption at the events held by Jay Gatsby. "It was a yellow car, a big yellow car" (139) The car that kills Myrtle, being yellow, is another example of how the author utilizes this color to portray the theme. One of the symbols F. Scott Fitzgerald uses in order to develop the theme is the color yellow. In the novel, this color is brought up repetitively, always to show carelessness. Tom and Daisy are characters that symbolize the theme of carelessness. They are constantly messing up, with little remorse. "She wanted her life shaped now, immediately--and the decision must be made by some force" (151) Daisy marries Tom strictly for his money and family status, which makes her a perfect example of showing a reckless decision. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money" (179) Tom and Daisy did not think/care about what they were doing most of the time. They had money to help them out when they got in trouble. There are three instances in the novel where Fitzgerald uses driving to portray carelessness. The characters did not take the dangerous task of driving with care. "They'll keep out of my way... It takes two to make an accident" (58) Jordan Baker thinks of driving in a reckless manner. She expects others to be good drivers so she will be safe. "The “death car,” as the newspapers called it, didn't stop" (137) Daisy ends up killing Myrtle when she hits her in Jay's car. Carelessness is shown as Daisy does not even slow down, or stop when hitting Myrtle.
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