Both The Great Gatsby and The Awakening share similar symbolic features: color. They are used throughout both novels to symbolize suppressed or released feelings by the main characters. They denote the thought’s of the narrator, without mentioning them making it to obvious. Even though The Great Gatsby has more colors portrayed through the whole novel, The Awakening is marked half way with a change from grayscales to color.
In The Awakening there are no pre-established stylistic colors as it is noticeable in the other novel, instead we see the evolution of Edna and her revolutionary pursuit as colors begin to appear in the narration. At first when she is living near the ocean and has found no way to overcome adversity everything is pictured through grayscales. Blacks, grays and whites prevail in her daily scenes. It is not until she escapes to an island with Robert one day when the bright yellow of fruits and colorful green houses begin to appear in the narration. Later on when she is back in the city Edna is experiencing the final stages of her transformation; more pops of color are set in the novel as her rebellious soul is finding a way out of the conformity. As her life comes to an end the novel leaves the opaque colors and becomes more picturesque until her drowning were colorful memories flash right before her death.
On the other hand The Great Gatsby is overwhelmed with colorful symbols. The most obvious is that of the green light, the one Gatsby sees across the bay towards Daisy. It represents the hope Gatsby has towards one day her, the love of her life, appearing in one of her extravaganzas. The other less obvious but as well constantly present symbol is the name of the female lover Daisy. It denotes the daisy flower; a flower that is yellow on the inside and white on the petals. It on the other hand connotes Daisy’s personality, she is perceived as an angelical, peaceful and loving character, but on the inside she is all about the money and the treasures she can find in others.
Both authors use colors to apprehend the readers towards their characters feelings in a way no adjective would do so. As I once read a great literary work comes from the bridge the author is able to build between his characters and his outer character: the reader. In this case colors are used as a literary bridge to relate closer to the readers through emotions expressed and lived daily that we tend to associate with our environment: colors.