Color Symbolism and American Dream in Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby


Lai Wei * 1

1 College of Liberal & Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania

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Lai Wei


gatsby, color symbolism, commercial success, daisy, green light


Luhrmann’s movie version of The Great Gatsby has caused many discussions and debates in the area of literary analysis. This paper would argue that Luhrmann manages to gain commercial success in the film. While the director recreates the scenes that demonstrated color symbolism, the color symbolism suggests different meanings from the book; and that is because the director changes certain important plot in the book, which exaggerates Gatsby’s pure love to Daisy at the expense of undermining the complexity of Gatsby’s character and his American Dream that based on materialism. With the help of secondary sources, this paper will expand on analyzing how color symbolism, which includes the green light and the main characters’ clothes, illustrate different themes between the book and the movie.


Lai Wei. Color Symbolism and American Dream in Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. CHR (2021) CHR ICEIPI 2021: 10-14. DOI: 10.54254/chr.iceipi.2021153.


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