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swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns? obviously shows his materialism(Fitzgerald 68). Another interesting detail is Gatsby?s car is yellow instead of the standardized black of the era stresses the thought that he is engrossed with the obsession of displaying his material wealth to get the love of Daisy. The Death car is yellow, and in the novel yellow symbolizes money and corruption in the novel. The creamy color of Gatsby?s car also symbolizes decay of corruption; therefore Gatsby?s car is like a bulging piece of fruit that is overripe and has started to rot. Gatsby?s ?meticulous attention to detail … [compliments] the personage? of himself and the things he possess that symbolize him (Lehan 59). Tom Buchanan?s car is also not like all the standardized black cars because he drives ?a blue car, a coupe? which is a lot less showy than Gatsby?s Rolls Royce(Fitzgerald 148). Tom is so desperately an empty man that he believes he can define himself with exterior belongings. He is trying to find his identity by looking for happiness in nice cars. Tom?s blue coupe symbolizes Tom and his emptiness because his car is a cheap car that is like everyone else’s car at that time period but it has a blue paint job setting it apart from the others and appearing to be better than all the other cars in that era. While the cars in The Great Gatsby symbolize what the person is like the houses symbolize who the person is. Fitzgerald truly uses symbolism to convey his themes in The Great Gatsby. The symbolism of houses show the corruptive effect money can have on everyone. The symbolism of the car and house is stressed all throughout the novel and is used to confirm that a dream rooted in materialism alone will in the end always be disparaging. Works CitedBewley, Marious. “Scott Fitzgerald Criticism of America.” F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ed. Arthur Mizener. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1963. Bruccoli, Matthew J. Preface. The Great Gatsby. By F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. vii-xvi. Bruccoli, Matthew. ?The Price Was High: The Last Uncollected Series Of Francis Scott Fitzgerald.? Dictionary of Literary Biography. 1981 ed. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. Lehan, Richard. The Great Gatsby: The Limits of Wonder. Boston: Twayne? Publishers, 1990. Perkins. Afterword. The Great Gatsby. By Francis Fitzgerald. 1925. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. Rudin, Seymour. ?Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key.? New Age Encyclopedia. 1978 ed.