FC: Colors In The Great Gatsby
1: White | Symbolizes the desire for perfection; and the mask that is used to disguise this imperfection. In the book, the characters use white to seem better than they are, or to try and recreated the past, which seemed perfect to them.
2: * The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white" These two women were Daisy and Jordan. They continuously wore white to appear innocent. Daisy murdered a person and cheated on her husband. Jordan lied and cheated when possible. Clearly NOT innocent. *"Even when the East excited me most...it had always for me a quality of distortion...I see it as a night scene by El Greco....a drunken woman in a white evening dress." Nick is saying that even when the East seemed perfect, there was something off about it. A White evening dress symbolizes the apparent perfectness of it all. The fact she is drunk shows that clearly something isn't perfect.
3: *"One autumn night, five years before...the sidewalk was white with moonlight. His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own." This describes Daisy and Jay dating long ago. Jay thinks of it as a perfect time, untainted by current problems. Gatsby was fixated on the past, and this specifically. He also tells Nick that he can recreate the past, signifying that Gatsby thinks it was perfect. Unfortunately, you can't, and Gatsby found that out the hard way. *"Our white girlhood was passed together there. Our beautiful white-" Daisy is recounting her past with Jordan. Girlhood means her past, and the fact that she called it white, and that she thought it was perfect and beautiful and innocent. She could also be referring to Jay. Either way, Daisy's tone is wistful and full of longing for the past.
4: Green | In the Great Gatsby, green symbolized one's dream and desires. It was also the journey to obtain this dream.
5: ''he stretched out his arms toward... a single green light'' This scene is describing Gatsby reaching out to the light that symbolizes Daisy. We learn in the book that Gatsby's entire life was to get Daisy. He is reaching out to his dream. | ''Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory, we started to town.'' Gatsby's car interior is green. His car is a manifestation of the wealth he has accumulated in order to win Daisy back.
6: ''It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants, but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a rowboat'' Before James became Jay- he had no purpose in life anymore. The love of his life married someone else, and he had no future. This was symbolized by a tattered green shirt- or shredded dream. Once he turned into Jay Gatsby, he got rid of his old clothes (old dream) | ''I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world'' Nick is talking about what the new world represented to sailors- and how it seemed when he moved east. It seems like a land of limitless opportunity, of Dreams.
7: Gold | Gold Represented Old money and WEalth. The Characters wanted to be noble old stock, as gold was used in Europe as money in the older days.
8: '' high in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl." Palace and King are old European words. This gives the image that Daisy is wealthy, but is a princess of midevil times. The rich in the book try and act like they come from ancient royalty. | "The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold In this scene, the buchanon's house seems majestic and statley, like something out of a story book. Once again, French windows aims to make the house seem old and European.
9: ''and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.'' Gatsby is not from old money, but he tries to appear so in his parties to impress daisy. In Europe for centuries, witchcraft was a major problem, adding to the old European feel. | ''except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold.'' Once again, Jay is trying to seem as though he is of Daisy's class; the Older Wealthy class.