Color imagery in The Great Gatsby is vital to the books storyline. If there was no color imagery then the reader could not associate a certain person or thing with a color or idea. Fitzgerald uses the color so people can remember the person more than just their name. The use of color imagery greatly impacts the story line.
One of the main colors in The Great Gatsby is white. White represents the innocence and purity in the book. Daisy and Jordan are first introduced wearing white. It makes you think that the ladies’ are pure from the start of the book. Later on it is realized that neither one of the girls is all that pure. They are obviously not pure since they both are not so innocent. In the book is says Jordan cheats in her golf tournaments. Along with that Daisy cheats on Tom and killed Myrtle Wilson without stopping the Rolls-Royce. Gatsby is even associated with white. When he first sees Daisy again he is wearing a white suit. “An hour later the front door opened nervously and Gatsby in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold colored tie hurried in.” (Fitzgerald p.89). Gatsby, however, is also very far from being pure. He gains his money from being a “bootlegger” as Tom calls him. He is also having an affair with Daisy who is married to Tom. He doesn’t respect that there married and thinks their relationship can go to the same it once was.
Nick is also very associated with the color white and he mostly wears white clothing.When Nick goes to Gatsby’s party he thinks by wearing white that he’ll stand out and give of the idea that he is the only honest man he knows which he says himself. He is not as high in social class and he was the only one invited, but also because he was the only one dressed up in white clothing. By wearing white clothing he makes a good impression on Gatsby’s guests and by doing that it might give of the deception that he is higher in social class.
Gold or yellow has huge symbolism in the book. Gold or yellow is most associated with money and greediness. In The Great Gatsby many of Gatsby’s possessions are gold or yellow. His car is bright yellow Rolls-Royce. He also wears gold clothing up until he meets Daisy again. After that he then starts to wear white clothing. Gatsby is probably the biggest representation of gold or yellow in the book.
Yellow represents money and greed but it peculiarly represents death as well. The color yellow can be seen at two of the deaths in the book. The yellow Rolls-Royce owned by Gatsby that killed Myrtle, it is discernible that yellow was involved with the death of Myrtle. Another way yellow is shown through death is when Gatsby walked past the yellowing trees that were on the way to his pool before he was killed by George Wilson. “Gatsby shouldered the mattress and headed for the pool. Once he stopped and shifted it a little and the chauffeur asked him if he needed any help, but he shook his head and in a moment disappeared among the yellowing trees.” (Fitzgerald p.169). This...