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Colors in Great Gatsby

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Elisheva Blas

on 7 January 2013

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Tom Buchanan
"Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay." (9)

“We walked through a high hallway into a bright rosy-colored space, fragilely bound into the house by French windows at either end.” (10)

"Already it was deep summer on roadhouse roofs and in front of wayside garages, where new red gas-pumps..." (24)

"We passed Port Roosevelt, where there was a glimpse of red-belted ocean-going ships, and sped along a cobbled slum lined with the dark, undeserted saloons of the faded gilt nineteen-hundreds." (73)

"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.“ (41) YELLOW/GOLD
Daisy Buchanan Daisy flower BLUE
Jay Gatsby Blue Jay COLORS Colors in The Great Gatsby Lauren Tahari, Brian Gersten, Elisheva Blas WHITE “The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher” (40).
“She held my hand impersonally, as a promise that she’d take care of me in a minute, and gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps” (41).
“His bedroom was the simplest room of all—except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold” (91). "...the golden girl" (120) "...little gold pencil" (105) "...old yellowy hair" (117) Gatsby: Blue is fantasy:
-“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (43).
-“He had come a long way to this blue lawn” (193) Gatsby is constantly surrounded by blue
- " A chauffeur in a uniform of robin’s egg blue crossed my lawn early that Saturday morning” (page 45)
- “He had come a long way to this blue lawn” (193)
-"In his blue gardens men and girls came" (43)
-“After Gatsby’s death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes’ power of correction. So when the blue smoke of brittle leaves was in the air and the wind blew the wet laundry stiff on the line I decided to come back home” (188)
-"A few days later he (Cody) took him (Gatsby) to Duluth and bought him a blue coat" (107) Blue Blood:
- Blue Blood means a noble person
- In this novel, blue represents new money (unlike yellow which represents old money) Gatsby is constantly surrounded by the color blue which represents fantasy and the new money. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses colors to represent status and class. Through the motif of colors, Fitzgerald depicts the emotions and relationships that each character has a result of the class that he or she is in. Colors represent the desire to be in different classes as well as how people give off false impressions of being in a particular class. Fitzgerald assigns a specific color to each of the main characters in order to express their status.
“It was a yellow car” (139)
“…big yellow car” (139)
“That yellow car I was driving…” (140)
“…began to talk about the yellow car” (156)
“…finding out whom the yellow car belonged to” (156)
“…inquiring for a yellow car” (160) Yellow Car: Yellow and gold are representative of "old money." Daisy, who comes from "old money" society, is most associated with these colors. When Nick sees Daisy for the first time:
"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).

Daisy, discussing her childhood:
"'Our white girlhood was passed together there'" (19).

Jordan, describing Daisy as a child:
"She dressed in white, and had a little white roadster, and all day long the telephone rang in her house and excited young officers from Camp Taylor demanded the privilege of monopolizing her that night" (74). Nick, at Gatsby's first party:
"Dressed up in white flannels I went over to his lawn a little after seven, and wandered around rather ill at ease among swirls and eddies of people I didn’t know" (41).
“a tall, red haired young lady from a famous chorus, engaged in song. She had drunk a quantity of champagne and during the course of her song she had decided ineptly that everything was very very sad—she was not only singing, she was weeping too.” (56)

"Collecting jewels, chiefly rubies … and trying to forget something very sad that had happened to me long ago” (71)

“ I saw him opening a chest of rubies to ease, with their crimson-lighted depths, the gnawings of his broken heart.” (72)

“Gatsby stood in the center of the crimson carpet and gazed around with fascinated eyes. Daisy watched him and laughed, her sweet, exciting laugh…" (123)

“The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water.” (177) Red Quotes (Tom) Red Quotes (Gatsby) Tom Buchanan embodies the color red. Red represents the aristocracy or powerful ruling class and intense emotion, these characteristics fit Tom's character perfectly. Gatsby embodies the color blue but constantly strives to be more like Tom, who embodies the color red. The color blue represents a fantasy of what the aristocracy is like. Red is the true aristocracy. Since Gatsby is not part of the aristocracy and does not embody the color red, he stands out whenever he encounters it. The color red is interchangeable with the colors of: crimson, ruby, blood and rose. Gatsby Tom
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