The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a fictional novel that concerns the young and mysterious wealthy Jay Gatsby and his obsession with Mrs. Daisy Buchanan. Color is used in throughout The Great Gatsby to better illustrate the authors underlying meanings of richness, facade, and hope.
Gold symbolizes success and richness and adds a sense of value to anything wearing it. When Gatsby invites Nick to the party at his manor, even the “..turkeys bewitched to a dark gold” (41), which reflects Gatsbys success and value as a host and individual. Jordan Baker is a successful and wealthy athlete, and is rightfully known as “the golden girl of golf”(19) because of her success as as a pro athlete. The richness of golden colored things will sometimes turn yellow; thus revealing that richness is only a facade, a short lived sensation or meeting; not to be mistaken with the value of true gold. When Nick and Jordan “sat down at the table with the two girls in yellow” (44) at Gatsby’s first party, their conversation is short lived and unimportant, the women's names, unknown. Thus demonstrating how yellow is symbolic of low value. Daisy who appears think little of her daughter, describes her childs hair as “old” and “yellowy”, revealing her mediocre perspective of her daughters hair color (111). Yellow is symbolic of counterfeit value; while white is a representation of deeper characteristics exhibited in The Great Gatsby.
In the beginning of the novel white symbolizes a morally unblemished being or honorable person. White is used symbolically to represent the innocence of women and to symbolize the dreamlike locations in The Great Gatsby. Nick describes Jordan as being “high in the white
palace” to represent her unattainability and honor as the “kings daughter” (115). Daisy comments how herself and Jordans “white girlhood was passed together” (24), white symbolizing the couples unblemished innocence as children. In The Great Gatsby white is...