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      时间:2017-05-06 来源:英语广场

        1. Introduction
        The Great Gatsby was one of the masterpieces written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Many experts and learners have studied this book and the concerns focus on its theme the disillusionment of “the American dream”,, symbolism, plots development and characters. However, few people studied the character Mrs. Wilson. Because having a good and comprehensive analysis of this character can surely help us understand the whole story, this essay will pay attention to Mrs. Wilson from tow aspects symbolism and tragedy.
        2. Symbolism represented by Mrs. Wilson
        “In literature a symbol is a thing that refers or suggests more than its literal meaning.”(袁憲军, 2004) In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wisely uses symbolism which makes a big contribution to the completion of the story. And the symbolism represented by Mrs. Wilson was from two aspects the symbolism of her cloths’ color and the symbolism of the view of Mrs. Wilson’s death.
        2.1 Symbolism of the cloth’s color
        Color symbolism was really popular in novels written during the 1920s and The Great Gatsby was not an exception. For example, “White” represented beauty, cleanliness, wealth, and innocence. “Gray” allowed the reader to notice that the dreams of each character were slowly disappearing. And “blue” showed calmness. To fully understand the novel, recognize the associated colors given in the story are essential. The cloths’ color of Mrs. Wilson was the most obvious symbolism.
        In the first appearance, she wore a spotted dress of dark blue. And the readers should pay closely attention to the three words: spotted, dark, and blue. Blue was one kind of colors symbolizing the calmness which has a contrast with the yellow symbolizing the vanity of the whole state. Actually, this kind of color belongs to Mr. Wilson instead of Mrs. Wilson because he lacked the characteristic of inexhaustible energy belonging to that time and was not affected by vanity. What’s more, he believed in God, worked hard and was loyal to the family. The reason why Mrs. Wilson wore the blue dress was she was the wife of Mr. Wilson. However, from the other two words spotted and dark, we knew the difference between them. Dark means Mrs. Wilson’s life was not calm but gloomy as a result of the disparity between reality and the ideal about her marriage and from which she tortured a lot.
        The only crazy I was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in and never even told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out. She looked around to see who was listening: “‘Oh, is that your suit? ’ I said. ‘This is the first I ever heard about it.’ But I gave it to him and then I lay down and cried to beat the band all afternoon.” (Fitzgerald, 2010: 54)