The story of Jay Gatsby is deep with meaning and with many different interpretations. In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald shows us how society acted during the roaring 20’s. He provides us with views into worlds of love, money, power, and moral blindness of the time by using symbols with everyday objects and occurrences. In The Great Gatsby there are many symbols but the most important symbols are the colors white, yellow (gold), and the green light. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses these colors to symbolize ideas such as innocence, wealth, and hopes and dreams.
First, the color white in “The Great Gatsby” is a symbol for Innocence. White is used to represent perceived honesty and innocence. Often the characters wear white when they want to make a good first impression. Nick, the only truly honest character in the novel, wears a white suit to the first party he attends at Gatsby's, and Gatsby, when he reunites with Daisy on page 84, wears "a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie". When Fitzgerald first introduces Jordan and Daisy, they are both sitting on a couch in white dresses, which gives Nick the impression of purity and delicacy. In the story he says, "I was almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her by coming in." Daisy is often seen wearing white, which is used to accentuate her innocent and honest appearance. Also in the story Fitzgerald says that she had a "white girlhood" in this way white can be meant to show that Daisy is still youthful and feminine. More often that not Fitzgerald uses the word "white" to describe an article of clothing, which implies that the facade or appearance of honesty and innocence is something that can be put on easily to conceal the true nature of a person. Nick Carraway meets his cousin Daisy Buchanan at Tom’s and Daisy’s home, she was dressed totally in white. This fact might be interpreted as: innocence, beauty, cleanliness, wealth, virginity and also laziness. Daisy’s color is...
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