In The Great Gatsby, what does Gatsby's car represent?

In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby's car represents him as a character. Like Gatsby, the car is showy and is meant to impress anyone who sees it. In addition to representing Gatsby's extreme wealth, the car reflects the "new money" aspect of Gatsby's style and personality. Ultimately, Gatsby's association with his car leads to his death, because George thinks Gatsby is the driver who hits Myrtle.

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Gatsby's car, outsized and ostentatious, represents Gatsby's flamboyant gestures, love of the material world, and huge capacity to dream.

We learn that the car is very large and both green on the inside, like a "conservatory," and painted a creamy color that people describe as yellow. For instance, George Wilson calls it a "nice yellow" car, and a person who witnesses the accident at the end of the novel describes it as

" a yellow car," he said, "big yellow car. New."

Green and yellow are both colors associated with Gatsby. Green, such as the green light at the end of Daisy's pier, represents Gatsby's dreams and desires, while yellow or cream represents his money.

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