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Colors affect the mood and emphasize the importance of events in a novel. The concept of color symbolism is prominent in The
Great Gatsby. White, yellow, blue, and green affect the atmosphere of scenes through association with a speciﬁc mood. When
analyzed, the frequent use of color and its relevance can be identiﬁed.
The color white and light tones are associated with purity, innocence and benevolence. This idea is holds true in me novel when
Nick describes the room in Tom's house where Daisy and Jordan are introduced. He describes the room as "bright" (12) and the
windows as "gleaming white against the grass" (12). The dresses Jordan and Daisy are wearing are also described as "white"
(12). On page 24, Daisy and Jordan's "girihood" is described as "beautiful [and] white". Childhood represents innocence and
because the color white is associated with it, white becomes a representation of innocence. The affect the color white creates is the
impression of a pure, clean environment, and that Jordan and Daisy are the same. In the text, there is no prior discussion ofTom's
house or Daisy and Jordan which causes the reader to believe they are pure and good.
Yellow is a representation offalsity and corruption of events or characters in The Great Gatsby. The signiﬁcance ofyellow is to
show through imagery that not everything is as it seems. In the beginning ofthe novel, Daisy and Jordan are wearing white
dresses, giving the illusion of purity. With the progression ofthe storyline, Daisy and Jordan's clothes slowly change from white to a
golden yellow as the characters impurities are revealed. The color yellow is also present in descriptions of Myrtle. Myrtle's dress in
the party scene is described by Nick as "cream colored" (35). "With the inﬂuence ofthe dress, her personality had also undergone
a change" (35). When Myrtle wears the yellowish dress, every aspect about her person changes into something fake. In Myrtle, the
color yellow is a clear representation of dishonesty because she pretends to be something she is not. The effect the color yellow
has on the description of characters is to point out the dishonesty they have. Yellow is also a symbol of conuption. Gatsby's car is
the car that killed Myrtle and is described as "a yellow car. A big yellow car" (147) and again on page 148: "It was a yellow car."
The reason the word yellow is repeated is to accentuate corruption in the actions of Daisy after the accident. When Myrtle was
struck, instead of stopping to see if she was alive, Daisy accelerated away from the scene. In this way, it seems ﬁt that the car was
yellow. It is true that yellow is associated with Daisy because the ﬂower is surrounded by white petals, with a yellow center. The
white petals represent her innocent and pure appearance, and the yellow center represents how at the core, she is a dishonest.
The color blue in The Great Gatsby is associated with false appearances. False appearance plays a vital role in the novel in
several key places. In the description of Gatsby's guests in the gardens on page 43, "In his blue gardens men and girts came and
went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars." The sentence is describing a party at Gatsby's house.
Until this point, Gatsby's parties were believed to be high class occasions where friends of Gatsby came because there was no
evidence to say this was untrue. However, in the middle ofthe sentence, this belief is changed when the party guests are
described as "moths", only coming for the alcohol. The signiﬁcance ofthe discovery surrounding the guests is that blue, the color of
the garden, represents the illusion that the guests are friends of Gatsby. The color ofWilson's eyes are blue (29). This is signiﬁcant
because he believes Myrtle is faithful. Through his blue eyes, he sees a false image ofwhat is happening in reality. Another
instance where the color blue is associated with Wilson occurs after Myrtle dies. Wilson "noticed a change in the room, a blue
quickening by the window."(167) and the change he noticed was that Myrtle was cheating on him.
The color green is associated with hope and goals. At the end ofthe dock in front ofTom and Daisy's home is a blinking green
light. Gatsby spends a signiﬁcant amount oftime focusing on the green light. Nick writes
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