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..
In the Great Gatsby the story is narrated in the past tense and seen through the eyes of Mr Nick Carraway.He is a young man from Minnestota, who after serving in World War 1, went on to New York to learn the bond business.
He moves to the West Egg and soon becomes friends with his neighbour, the mysterious Jay Gatsby.
Fitzgerald, the author uses the the settings of the East and West Egg to present the differences in the classes and the demise of the American dream in the…
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…
Honors English 117
10 November 2014
The True Life of Jay Gatsby
People say “You learn somthing new everyday”, this is true, one cannot go a day without
learning something different. On a daily basis one learn about themselves and one another. It is
not just about learning lessons; life is about learning from mistakes and making choices that will
have a positive effect on one's life. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has taught many
lessons about learning about someo…
22 April 2013
Lies and Deceit
Frederick Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby portrays a rich man who obsesses over the love of his past and as a result ends his life. Lies and deceit take a major role during the novel, the biggest lie of them all being Mr. Jay Gatsby himself. All humans are innately dishonest and superficial which reveals the characters true disposition and as a result leads to discontent and in Gatsbys case, death. Frederick uses Symbolism, Characterization, and Diction to…
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March 18, 2014
The Great Gatsby Final Draft
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…
“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…
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…
likely I shall ever find again. No
Gatsby turned out all right at the
end; it is what preyed on “Gatsby,
what foul dust floated in the wake
of his dreams that temporarily
closed out my interest in the
abortive sorrows and
shortwinded elations of men.” (6)
formal diction and tone
use of time: in the end
use of imagery
(adjectives): foul dust
use of metaphor: the wake
of his dreams
The narrator is describing the character
Gatsby showing that in the narrator’s…
“The Great Gatsby” is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922. The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the “roaring” as the economy soared. At the same…
come from different economic backgrounds. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald successfully uses location to differentiate social status amongst his characters while the weather and seasons of those locations help guide them. Each character helps represent and support the differences of social class and the four main locations, The East Egg, the West Egg, the Valley of Ashes, and New York City.
In The Great Gatsby geographical locations separate social classes. East Egg represents…