The Great Gatsby Color Symbolism Analysis

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We as humans think of color as just a way to make the world beautiful, colorful and lively, but there is more to color than just beauty. For example, when you look at colors around you do you think that they could represent something more than beauty or than just to add some color to the world? If so, have you ever wondered what they could represent or what messages they carry? In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main characters Jay Gatsby, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Nick Carraway show color symbolism. The characters show color symbolism through many different ways like how Gatsby chases after Daisy and throws expensive parties, and how Daisy and Jordan like to act so innocent when they are not. In addition,…show more content…
Daisy and Jordan are the two of the main characters in the novel and we see them on many occasions in the novel not acting as pure and innocent as they seem to be. For example, Jordan is a liar and an example of her lying is when she left the top open on a friend’s car and it started to rain, and Jordan even cheated in a golf tournament. For Daisy, even though she seems innocent she killed Myrtle, which showed how selfish she is. Daisy, Jordan, Tom, Gatsby, and Nick arrive in New York at Tom and Myrtle’s apartment; Jordan and Daisy go and sit on the couch. Nick says that they are “Like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans” (Fitzgerald p. 115). This quote proves that Daisy and Jordan are not as pure and innocent as they seem because the silver against their white dresses is tainting them. Silver is a mix of a metallic black and white and when you think of the color black you think of something being corrupted or tainted(Schneider). Therefore, the silver weighing against Daisy and Jordan’s dresses is showing the so-called purity of Daisy and Jordan, the white, to the tainted corrupt part of them, the silver. People might think that the color white is a boring color because it is so bland and un-interesting, but white has a lot more to it. For instance, white is shown in the novel many times…show more content…
Red helps to show everyone the beauty and glitter in everything to make the characters’ lives beautiful. For example, red could be represented as beautiful, shining like something Nick Bought. Nick says, “Bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit and investment securities and they stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint” (Fitzgerald 4). The quote symbolizes wealth because its gold and red and gold means you are wealthy because it’s gold. It could also represent the ineffable gaudiness of the dream or the ugliness of the reality (Schneider). This means that the money is corrupting the dream. Nick also spots Gatsby opening something when he visits Gatsby’s house. Nick sees Gatsby opening the “chest” and says, “I saw him opening a chest of rubies to ease, with their crimson-lighted depths, the gnawing’s of his broken heart” (Fitzgerald p. 67). What this quote shows is that Gatsby has a broken heart and that maybe money is used to fill his broken heart. The quote also shows that Gatsby’s broken heart is courtesy of Daisy Buchanan because he wants to be with Daisy but she got married to Tom. This could also mean that Gatsby wants to be rich so he can pursue Daisy even more and that he uses his money and treasures to fill in his broken heart. Red helps to show us that even though Gatsby has all this new money
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