Colors in The Great Gatsby Many different colors play a large role in the development of characters, and underlying messages in The Great Gatsby. White, generally seen as a symbol of innocence, is used in the novel to represent what appears to be true on the surface, but is merely a facade. Yellow has many implications in The Great Gatsby, including the desire for wealth, noxious character traits, and death of the American Dream. Fitzgerald also uses green to represent feelings of envy, hope, and desire, and The color green is almost entirely centered on Gatsby himself, and it carries great significance in the novel. Fitzgerald uses numerous colors in The Great Gatsby to establish recurring motifs, applying them to many characters, situations, and places to give the story extraordinary depth. The appearances of white in the book are numerous. It is mainly seen through physical objects or descriptions in the text. For example, “They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house” (Fitzgerald 8). The story’s narrator, Nick Carraway, is describing two women named Daisy and Jordan. Nick is a cousin of Daisy’s, and a college friend of her husband Tom Buchanan. Nick has recently come to the town of West Egg, and is over at the Buchanan’s for dinner. There, he meets Jordan Baker, who is Daisy’s friend and also a competitive golfer. Fitzgerald has Daisy and Jordan described in white intentionally. It is meant to represent the shallow colorlessness with which they conduct their lives. They are both surrounded by white in the text to give them an image of innocence and purity. However, as the story progresses, we see their true colors. Daisy has an affair with Jay Gatsby. He became romantically involved with Daisy before leaving for World War I, and has gone to great lengths to win her back. She ultimately chooses Tom over him, hiding behind his wealth and the security of their life. Daisy even lets Gatsby take the fall for running over Tom’s mistress, even though she was the one driving. In comparison, it is revealed that Jordan Baker cheated to win her first golf tournament, and is continually dishonest. The white that Daisy and Jordan are both surrounded by is merely a façade intended to cover up their fickle personalities. Another color that bears great importance to The Great Gatsby is yellow. For instance, a Daisy has white petals on the outside, but its center is yellow. This is symbolic of Daisy’s character. She is surrounded by white to project an image of innocence, but eventually shows her yellowed personality by causing trouble. The color yellow is also seen surrounding death in the physical and metaphorical sense. Yellow shows the death of the American Dream because all of the immoral people are wealthy and successful. Even Gatsby acquired his fortune through illicit activities. Physically, yellow exemplified death when Myrtle, Tom’s mistress, was hit and killed by a car. “‘Auto hit her. Ins’antly killed’” (139). “‘It was a yellow car,’ he said, ‘big yellow car’” (139). When Daisy and Gatsby are leaving New York City, Daisy incidentally hits Myrtle with a yellow car. This represents both the death of Myrtle, and the death of Gatsby’s dream to be with Daisy. Because Gatsby takes the fall for the accident, Daisy retreats back to the safety and comfort of her life with Tom. Also, the incident was directly related to the death of Gatsby himself and suicide of Mr. Wilson, who is Myrtle’s husband. This event is what ties the color yellow to death in The Great Gatsby.
Lastly, Green plays a large role in the emotion and depth of the novel, symbolizing feelings of desire and
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel filled with sadness, joy, mystery, lust, secrets, and most importantly symbolism. Fitzgerald’s use of color as symbolism, is the most diverse example you will find in the story. As you are reading you may discover that there are a few colors that hold deeper meanings than the others. The three colors that stood out the most, in my opinion, are white, yellow, and green.
Let’s start out with the color white. The way Fitzgerald used white in…
The colors that you are related to show the type of personality that you have and they can sometimes also tell someone about your physical appearance as well. In reading, the colors can do many things, such as help you connect with the character and give you a better understanding of the character in question as well. When a reader is reading a very descriptive scene, it is always better to completely fill the image that the reader gets with colors, because it raises the quality…
The Yellow Decay
Colors are a big part of the world around us. They carry special messages to describe something that words cannot. Also, colors can symbolize many things. For example, artists use different colors on their paintings to express special messages to people. They use dark black to emphasize sadness or light green to express happiness. F. Scott Fitzgerald is like an artist too, because his novel The Great Gatsby is full of different colors. Every color in his writing has its…
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Fitzgerald uses color and symbolism to portray deeper meanings in
his work The great Gatsby. Throughout the book he has major symbols,
like the green light on Daisy’s dock, the valley of ashes, Doctor T.J.
Eckleburgs eyes, Daisy herself, etc. Fitzgerald also uses color very
effectively in the book. The two main colors he uses is green and yellow.
Because green and yellow are symbolic for wealth. Here are a few
examples of color and symbolism.
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1. The American Dream--as it arose in the Colonial period and developed in the nineteenth century--was based on the assumption that each person, no matter what his or her origins, could succeed in life on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort.
The Great Gatsby is a novel about what happened to the American dream in the 1920s, a period when the old values that gave substance to the dream had been corrupted by the vulgar pursuit of wealth.
The American Dream in The Great Gatsby
In the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby, there is a central theme that the American dream has been destroyed by an emphasis on materialism. This is shown through the themes of fabrication of self, attitudes toward women, and the destruction of the American dream. The characters that symbolize this central theme are Gatsby and Daisy. These two characters show the downfall of the American Dream. There are also symbols to support the downfall;…
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In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it tends to exemplify the theme of the how the “American Dream” was whisked away during the 1920’s. The novel features a lot of immoral people that is shown to take advantage of money and such a lavish lifestyle and forgetting what it was like to actually earn your money through hard work. All through which is displayed found through color symbolizations. Daisy, sweet, beautiful…
Automobile as a motif in Great Gatsby
● (noun) a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical
● recent invention of automobile
● most used formed of transport
● Cars in
The Great Gatsby
are status symbols for various characters, but also function
as symbols of American society in general, so that car crashes are ominous signs of
socioeconomic and moral collapse.
● can represent more than simply transportation i.e. social status, character…
The Great Gatsby
1.1 A brief description of F. Scott Fitzgerald……………………................4
1.2 Colours and its symbolic significances…………………………………5
2. Colours in The Great Gatsby
2.1 Red—— The Jazz Age……………………………………….................7
2.2 White —— The Upper Class……………………………………….......8
2.3 Green ——Aspiration ……………………………………………...9-10
3. Other Colours in The Great Gatsby…
Written Task 2!
I have chosen to answer the prescribed question, “How and why is a social group represented
in a particular way?”. The text that will be analyzed is The Great Gatsby and the part of the
course that will be dealt with is literature and critical study. The task will focus on a few main
themes of the book, mainly, the hollowness of the upper class. The social group that will be
analyzed is the upper class but more speciﬁcally, the newly…