Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!
Emerald green symbolises many things, including wealth, luck, nature, life and healing. It can also represent jealousy, as in the expression ‘green with envy’. Ireland is sometimes referred to as ‘the Emerald Isle’ due to its lush greenery and Seattle is sometimes called ‘the Emerald City’ because its abundant rainfall creates lush vegetation.
Emerald green is a colour often seen in myth and legend. Dragons and sea serpents are often depicted with emerald green scales and The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus from the middle ages was believed to contain the secrets of alchemy.
Plants and flowers: most plants and trees
Animals: frogs, snakes (eg. emerald tree boa), insects (eg. six-spotted tiger beetle), lizards, western emerald hummingbird
Foods: Many vegetables (including broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cucumber, avocado, brussels, broad beans, green peppers and peas), fruits such as kiwi.
Book Spotlight: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum, the ‘Emerald City’ is described as being made of green glass and emeralds, with everything appearing completely green.
“Even with eyes protected by the green spectacles, Dorothy and her friends were at first dazzled by the brilliancy of the wonderful City. The streets were lined with beautiful houses all built of green marble and studded everywhere with sparkling emeralds. They walked over a pavement of the same green marble, and where the blocks were joined together were rows of emeralds, set closely, and glittering in the brightness of the sun. The window panes were of green glass; even the sky above the City had a green tint, and the rays of the sun were green.
There were many people–men, women, and children–walking about, and these were all dressed in green clothes and had greenish skins. They looked at Dorothy and her strangely assorted company with wondering eyes, and the children all ran away and hid behind their mothers when they saw the Lion; but no one spoke to them. Many shops stood in the street, and Dorothy saw that everything in them was green. Green candy and green pop corn were offered for sale, as well as green shoes, green hats, and green clothes of all sorts. At one place a man was selling green lemonade, and when the children bought it Dorothy could see that they paid for it with green pennies.”
|The Wizard of Oz, 1939 film (MGM)|
Both Baum and the illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, W.W. Denslow, may have been partly inspired by the White City of the World Columbian Exposition of 1893. It’s also been suggested that the Emerald City is a metaphor for Washington, D.C and “greenback” paper money. This was legal tender during the Civil War, but was not backed by gold or silver, meaning it only had value because of a shared illusion.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away for those who haven’t read it, but let’s just say the Emerald City is not exactly what it seems!