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Hello! I'd like to know if "blooming" suggests a vegetable or plant metaphor in the...

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coutelle | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM via web

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Hello! I'd like to know if "blooming" suggests a vegetable or plant metaphor in the following sentence from The Great Gatsby: (Chapter 1, see too “But we heard it,” insisted Daisy, surprising me by opening up again in a flower-like way):

Inside, the crimson room bloomed with light

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM (Answer #1)

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There are several plant or flower metaphors that describe Daisy. The most overt reference to flowers is her name: Daisy. The color green is a powerful symbol in the novel. The green light at the end of Daisy's dock is a symbol for Gatsby: a symbol for Daisy which, to Gatsby, symbolizes money, life (green of plants, flowering, etc.), and love/envy. 

Also, there are times when Daisy opens up (like a flower) to Gatsby and there are times when she closes herself, so to speak, and retreats to Tom. 

She "opens up" to Gatsby at the end of Chapter 6: 

So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete. 

Multiple times, Nick mentions how Daisy can come to life and be enchanting. At times she is being genuine and at other times she is being superficial. But the imagery works either way: she seems to blossom or open up and these are the moments when her beauty is most affecting. 

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