The most significant and memorable colors, other than green, are white and yellow, both of which are intertwined in Fitzgerald’s fictional world of materialism and scandal. The colors white, yellow, blue, and green shape the novel’s characters and plot, resulting in a vivid story of love and blind pursuance. As mentioned earlier, the color green is one of the most recognized colors symbolically. The color green symbolizes future, or the American dream, and is most associated with Gatsby himself. This is what Gatsby is pursuing throughout the novel until he tragically perishes, his dream never becoming a reality.
He associated his dream of wealth and luxury with Judy. So, when she was no longer available to him, he felt as if his fantasies were out-of-reach as well. “The windows were ajar and gleaming white…the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling…They were both in white…” (The Great Gatsby 8). When we first meet Daisy, she is surrounded by the color white. This theme continues throughout the book.
Thought out the whole novel the color yellow symbolizes Gatsby’s wealth and has something to do with Daisy. Around the world the color yellow usually means happiness and in “The Great Gatsby” the author stated, "now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music" (Fitzgerald 42). Gatsby was having another party to show his money, while the music had a rich tone and the people there felt that the music was soothing. Also in the novel, Fitzgerald mentions, "two girls in twin yellow dresses" (44), and it is to talking about the happiness. The two girls in the yellow dresses are admiring Jordan, the golden girl, and are jealous of how amazing she looks.
4.03 Developing Theme Thesis Statement F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Jelly Bean both use Irony, Foreshadowing, and symbolism to describe how many people’s endeavor to achieve great wealth and class drove people’s decisions in the 1920s. I. Main Idea for 1st Body Paragraph: Irony A. Literary element use and effect in novel 1. Nick’s relationship to Gatsby is an example of irony because Nick tells the story about Gatsby, but he doesn’t like him.
The colors of white, yellow, and green are the most eminent, easily distinguishable from the rest, and representing purity, death, and hope” (Yaffe 1). Firstly, white color will be discussed as it is “one of the main symbolic colors in The Great Gatsby, representing purity, innocence, and honesty” (Yaffe 1). At the beginning of the novel Nick Carraway visited his cousin Daisy Buchanan and both she and her friend Jordan Baker wore white dresses. Although they were only sitting on a sofa, Nick was overwhelmed by their beauty, especially by the looks of Jordan Baker, whom he did not know until then, and said: “I was almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her by coming in” (Fitzgerald 9). Nick Carraway himself wore white attire on different occasions throughout the novel, like at the first party at Gatsby’s mansion trying to make an impression and at the time he was still not corrupted by this extravagant way of life.
Looking deeply into the geography of the setting in relation to society and class will show Fitzgerald’s purpose of the novel, and deep understanding of the characters. Having the two polar opposite settings provides a dispute throughout the novel. Unfortunately Gatsby is too clouded by Daisy’s beauty to realize what she is really in love with. Daisy wants nothing more than Gatsby’s wealth, which leads to his death. This is an appropriate motif to use because it shows that not everyone is who they seem on the outside, and sometimes things can be staring right in front of a person and they wouldn’t even know it.
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald continuously references a green light that Gatsby keeps on reaching for. The green light was significant by representing the theme of greed, being a symbol of Gatsby’s desire for Daisy, and serves as a motif for the American Dream. The color green in itself already illustrates the idea of greed and money. Gatsby already has everything anyone could dream for counting a house in West Egg, fame, and fortune, but still he is chasing after this light or in other words, chasing after the love of his life, Daisy. The light is a literary metaphor for Daisy since during the novel, once Gatsby reunites with Daisy the light begins to fade and reframes from reaching out for it.
In everyday life and works of literature, color can symbolizes a wide variety of emotions from moods to political views. When someone is feeling upset one often says “I’m feeling blue” or when someone is mad their face turns red giving that color the association with anger. Political status even uses color to represent each party, one is usually either a blue Democrat or red Republican. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby color plays a significant role throughout the story symbolizing emotions and social rankings. Colors such as green representing hope and money, grey portraying hopelessness, discontent, and low social class, and yellow exemplifies destruction and desire.
The car that he purchases to impress Daisy is the color yellow. “Gatsby’s ostentatious car, which he buys only to impress Daisy, is yellow and the girls dressed in “twin yellow dresses” at Gatsby’s’ party are painted in stark contrast to the “golden” Jordan (Examples of the Symbolism of colors in “The Great Gatsby”).” The yellow car symbolizes Gatsby’s desire to be in a higher class whereas “golden” Jordan symbolizes how valuable she is to Nick as a person. She is as valuable as gold is to the average person. On the other hand, yellow also symbolizes destruction and death. Myrtle, married to George but having an having an affair with Tom is killed by a yellow car symbolizing
She argues, “The female ideal is a rich white girl who lives in a big house with servants who do the work” (Olfman). Cinderella and Snow White both attain a wealthy lifestyle through marriage, after being saved by a prince. In the article, “Gender Roles in Disney Movies” Victoria states that “each of the Disney princesses emphasize the importance of marriage and a domesticated lifestyle. By watching each of these movies you rarely see the female roles deciding to break off and start a career or follow an independent lifestyle that doesn’t involve a man” (Victoria). Olfman goes on to say that young girls are taught to seek a life path that does not require great effort and consists of gaining a man’s affection through beauty and feminine
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