The Colorful Characters Of The Great Gatsby

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Daisy Buchanan is the preeminent female character in the story. Her name, Daisy fits her exceptionally, she is bright and sunny like the flower. Daisy is best represented by the color yellow. She’s the story’s golden girl, the wife of wealthy broker, and the love of the mysterious Gatsby’s life. Grok describes the color yellow as “Deities with glowing halos and golden hair…But it also evokes a few negative responses in associations with dishonesty, cowardice, egoism, betrayal, and caution” (Grok). Daisy is described physically as a blonde, and back then the style along women was the flapper headband, like the glowing halo. In the story Daisy is dishonest, she cheats on her husband with Gatsby. Daisy is also a coward, she couldn’t leave Tom, her husband, who treats her like property for Gatsby, who truly loves and idolizes her. Daisy once tells Nick when telling him about her daughter, “I hope she’ll be a fool. That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (1.17). Daisy is immensely obsessed with what people think of her, she likes being the girl who has this beautiful and graceful aura. This quote displays how she want’s her daughter to grow up to be just like her, the image of a weak foolish girl who lets men push her around. Betrayal is the emotion that Nick feels when she skips town instead of attending Gatsby’s funeral. Grok also writes that, “When paired with black, it suggests warning” (Grok). Gatsby is the color black, while Daisy is the color yellow. When the couple reconcile there is a multitude of trouble that eventually leads to the death of Myrtle, George, and Gatsby himself. Daisy isn’t just the bright ray of sunshine; she is also just as troublesome as Grok describes her, which is why this color fits her perfectly.
Who is Gatsby? In the story the reader never finds out precisely who the mysterious next-door neighbor of the narrator’s is. Gatsby throws these extravagant parties at his gaudy mansion where hundreds of people from West Egg come to every Friday night. Grok says that black is the, “Color of mystery, of things not yet to be revealed” (Grok). Gatsby throws these lavish parties yet nobody knows who he is so they are left to their imaginations to formulate these crazy rumors. When Gatsby is telling Nick about his past he isn’t telling the truth, more like a white lie. Perhaps this is a mechanism to conceal himself, since he isn’t James Gatz anymore. Grok later describes the color black as empty, depressed, grief and death. When Gatsby realizes that he has lost Daisy once again he feels vacuous. Nick when he visits Gatsby’s later in the novel says, “There was an inexplicable amount of dust everywhere, and the rooms were musty, as though they hadn't been aired for many days” (8.147). This is how Gatsby feels after loosing Daisy, once and for all. After waiting five years for the love of his life he feels the dream ripped out of him, just like how he dies for Daisy. George Wilson kills Gatsby...

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