Examples Of Color In The Great Gatsby

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In literature, colors are often used to create a deeper meaning of a book. In The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the analysis of color can influence the meaning of the story and help create a deeper understanding of the characters. One color mentioned is the color yellow. One example of the color yellow is its portrayal through two girls wearing yellow dresses at one of Jay Gatsby’s parties. The girls and their yellow dresses are used to predict happiness, yet are also used to predict caution. In today’s society, colors are often used to express ideas and emotions. One connection that the color yellow often makes is to happiness. The color yellow is also used to alert people. This is because it is the brightest and most noticeable color…show more content…
Fitzgerald uses the girl dressed in yellow playing the piano to connect the warning of the upcoming decline of the party to the actual decline of the party. The girls dressed in yellow are not main characters in The Great Gatsby. The girls appear few times in a short period of time in the novel. The scarcity of the girls in the book creates a tough boundary between the reader and creating a connection to the girls. The connection of the color yellow to the girls helps to break this barrier. “She held my hand impersonally, as a promise that she’d take care of me in a minute, and gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps,” (Fitzgerald 42). All that Fitzgerald uses to describe the girls is that they are wearing yellow dresses. He does not give any other physical or emotional descriptions of the girls. The two meanings of the color yellow that Fitzgerald uses the girls’ yellow dresses to represent are happiness and caution. Youth is often associated with

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