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Transcript of GATSBY COLOURS
Gatsby is staring across and reaching toward a light across the bay. This is the green light. Once Gatsby and Daisy reunite the green light disappears. Gatsby's "American dream" has been fulfilled: he has money, land, a house, and the girl of his dreams just waiting to marry him. The green is used to show Gatsby's jealousy towards Tom whose married to Gatsby dream wife. The colour green is the colour of envy and desire and for Gatsby.
"The green light Gatsby is staring across the bay reaching out towards the light"(Fitzgerald 21)" is a symbol of hope or longing for Gatsby
"...it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness..."(Fitzgerald 2).
The colour grey in the book was to represent:
Describing George Wilson is the one of the biggest things that the grey imagery is used for. Wilson lives in the grey-ashy Vally of Ashes, where he owns a garage. Wilson is a man with no fortune and no hope for the future, and is why Fitzgerald used grey to describe him :
Dan Cody, the man who set Gatsby up for success, also bought Gatsby a blue coat. Gatsby's transformation into Jay Gatsby also uses blue to represent the illusion of success James Gatz is trying put on "A few days later he took him to Duluth and bought him a blue coat..."
Valley of Ashes
White in the Great Gatsby represents innocents and honor but also corruption. This colour is expressed mostly through Daisy; and the first time we meet Daisy she is laying on the couch dressed in white. Daisy is the one to wear white because at the beginning of the movie, she is the innocent one. Daisy was also raised in an innocent manner and her life was described as having a “white girlhood”, she wore white clothes, lived in a white house, and drove a white roadster, which tells us she’s always been this way; innocent. However, later in the movie Daisy becomes corrupt like the others because she murders Myrtle, and doesn’t attend Gatsby’s funeral, and he was the man she supposedly loved. White is also used to describe East Egg as it is “pure” money and not new, unwanted money.
“When I came opposite her house that morning her white roadster was beside the curb and she was sitting in it with a lieutenant I had never seen before” (Great Gatsby, 74).
White petals represent Daisy's innocents on the outside
The golden centre shows her corruption on the inside.
“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” ( Great Gatsby, 8).
"... (George) 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 inthe vicinity..." ()
Grey could also be used to represent death. Myrtle died in the grey setting of the Valley of Ashes
The colour gold is used continuously through out the Great Gastby. Mostly, gold is used to descibe money and richness. Gold is used instead of green to descirbe money because gold is considered "old-money"; money that has been in familes for life times. This can also be projected onto Daisy. Daisy is said to be "the golden girl" , and one reason could be beacuse she has a very rich family.
Gold can also represent happiness or a new sense of joy. Gold can be used to turn a dull situation into a glowing one.
Lastly, Gold can be used as a cover up for yellow. At first, Gatsbys house and car are gold, but once Nick gets to know Gastby for who he really is, his possensions change from a gold colour to yellow.
"We went about opening the rest of the windows downstairs, filling the house with grey-turning, gold-turning light." (near page 144, when their looking for cigarettes)
"...turkeys bewitched to a dark gold." (pg41)
"now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music." (pg42?)
"...the silver pepper of the stars" (p25)
"A silver curve of the moon hovered already in the western sky" (pg114)
"The moon had risen higher, and floating in the Sound was a triangle of silver scales" (p 48)
Silver is rarely used in the Great Gatsby. Mostly, silver is used to descibe the moon or the stars. Silver is rarely used because it shows actual value or richness, which can never be associated with Gatsby because he did not recieve his wealth legally. It also represents true beatuy, like that which comes from the moon, which is why it is never used to descibe characters because they have parts of them which are ugly and dark.
Yellow is probably to most used colour in the novel. Everything associated with Gatsby at one point is yellow. This is because yellow is used to describe fake money, which is how Gatsby made all his money. Through illegal, non-legitimente business, Gastby became rich. It shows that his money has no substance, and is really just for show for Daisy. Yellow is used to describe Gatbys possensions, like his car, because he bought that with dirty money.
Yellow also describes the colour of Dr. Ekclebergs glasses in the valley of ashes. Yellow can be decay, or that something is tainted. The eyes of Dr. Ekcleberg is yellow because what those eyes are seeing on a dialy basis is old, dying, and dirty.
Yellow is also used to descibe peoples clothing, or music. This implys that the people that show up at Gatsbys are also corrput and fake.
"Two girls in twin yellow dresses" (42)
"It was a rich-cream colour, bright and there in it's monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes..." (33)
" The eyes of Doctor T. J. Ekcleberg 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 nonexistent nose" (chapter 2)
In the Great Gatsby the colour pink represents Gatsby’s innocent view on wanting the American dream; which is Daisy and a life with her. Pink comes from the mixture of white-a fake innocence and red-anger and shame. Gatsby tries to gain acceptance into Daisy’s social class and get her to love him based on the allusion of his life. Pink also represents lust between Gatsby and Daisy and the desire they both have for each other; which is expressed when they are together, even though it doesn’t work out in the end.
“There was a pink and golden billow of foamy clouds above the sea,” (p. 91).
“We walked though a high hallway into a bright rosy-coloured space,” (p.13)
Red in the Great Gatsby represents anger, and shame-which is expressed on more than one occasion throughout the book and movie. Gatsby definitely shows anger towards Tom in the Plaza hotel when he realizes that Tom may just have ruined his chances with Daisy, after all his hard work trying to get her back. Red is also expressed in the Buchanan’s household as it is described to have a “crimson room” that “bloomed with light.”
Shame is shown through Daisy in the hotel scene as she realizes that she was involved with a bootlegger and someone who was associated with gangsters. Also, shame can be seen through Tom when he sees that he’s caused Daisy so much pain by cheating on her and letting her get lonely.
T.J. Eckleburg are also blue. From the very beginning, Nick describes the eyes, "The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic-their retinas are one yard high. They look out of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose... But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground. " The blue eyes represent God watching over New York. The sad blue that look over the valley of ashes are filtered by the yellow glasses frames. Everything "god" sees is filtered.
Blue also represents sadness and sorrow. Tom's blue car can be used to symbolize his sad and sorrowful marriage he has with Daisy's that they continue to drive forward into the future.
George Wilson eyes are light blue. Wilson is filled with hope when Tom offered to sell his car; however, the reader knows Tom will not do that, since that is just an excuse to meet Myrtle. Wilson's dream of moving away is merely an illusion. "He was a blonde, spiritless man, anemic and faintly handsome. When he saw us a damp gleam of hope sprung into his light blue eyes" ()
Green also symbolizes Gatsby's "New Money" vs. Tom's gold "Old Money"
Green also symbolizes Gatsby's "New Money" vs. Tom's gold "Old Money"
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