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Color symbolism in Great Gatsby

Rachel Ryan IB English HL Yr1
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Symbolism of Color in The Great Gatsby Rachel Ryan
IB English Yr1
20 November 2012 Blue Symbolism Escape from reality
Illusion
Another world Dr. Eckleburg's Eyes "The eyes of Dr. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic- their retinas are one yard high. The look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose" (23).
Wilson says that these eyes are the eyes of God (159).
God looking down from another world without the corruption of this American society. "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars" (39).
"He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seems so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" (180). Gatsby's gardens Red Symbolism sin
violence Buchanan's house "Rosy-colored space" (7), "Rosy-colored porch" (11)
"A half acre of deep, pungent roses" (7) "the crimson room" (17) Violence "Then there were bloody towels upon the bathroom floor, and women's voices scolding, and high over the confusion a long broken wail of pain" (37).
"The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of transit, a thin red circle in the water" (162). Grey Meaning Hopelessness
Moral decay
Lifelessness Valley of Ashes "Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight" (23).
Myrtle Wilson Mr. Wilson "He was a blond, spiritless man, anemic, and faintly handsome" (25).
"... agreed Wilson hurriedly, and went toward the little office mingling immediately with the cement color of the walls. A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity..." (26).
"When anyone one spoke to him he invariably laughed in an agreeable, colorless way" (136).
"A new world, material without being real, whee poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air drifted fortuitously about . . . like that ashen fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees" (161). Gold and Silver Symbolism Wealth
Desire Title Page "Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
If you can bounce, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!" Ambition + Wealth = Desire Jordan Baker "...I put my arm around Jordan's golden shoulder and drew her toward me and asked her to dinner" (79).
Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans" (115). Gatsby and Daisy "... Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves, of the freshness of many clothes, and of Daisy, gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor" (150).
"An hour later the front door opened nervously, and Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in" (84).
"Her voice is full of money" (120).
"High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl" (120). Yellow Symbolism Corruption
Decay
Death "Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering" (35). "The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic- their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose" (23).
"A small block of yellow brick" (24). Corruption and Decay Death Yellow car
Yellow light illuminates Myrtle's dead body to Tom
Gatsby disappears "among the yellowing trees" right before his death (161). White S Symbolism Purity
Innocence "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, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house" (8)..
"She dressed in white, and had a little white roadster..." (74).
"Our white girlhood was passed together there. Our beautiful white-" (19).
a little white res Daisy Is she really that innocent? Other instances of false purity The East Egg and West Egg In conclusion... Emphasizes the inability to achieve the American Dream and the corruption of the 1920's American society Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott. "The
Great Gatsby." New
York: Charles
Scribner's Sons,2004.
Print. Green envy
money
hope Symbolism Mr. Wilson "In the sunlight his face was green" (123).
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