In the final chapter, Nick looks to the future of returning to the Midwest where values are sounder; he recalls those who came to America in the hope of a new life, those who sought "the fresh green breast of the new world." White is traditionally the color of purity and innocence, unworldliness and femininity.But, it is deceptive in Fitzgerald's narrative; for, Daisy and Jordan are dressed in white, the car of Daisy is white as are the French windows of the Buchanan's house and the curtains and "frosted wedding cake of the ceiling.
Often in novels, yellow represents corruption and evil. Eckleburg's glasses are yellow, two young unknown women at Gatsby's party are attired in twin yellow dresses, representative of artificiality.
Gatsby's car is referred to as the "yellow car" and "the death car." Yellow also evokes a sense of fraud to it as it imitates gold. The color of the most precious metal represents money, specifically the money of the upper class.
stands for 1) richness, but also 2) happy or prosperous: golden days, golden age 3) successful: the golden girl of tennis 4) extremely valuable: a golden opportunity At Gatsby's parties even the turkeys turn to gold. "With Jordan's slender golden arm resting in mine" (p.
Jordan Baker - the golden girl of golf - is associated with that color.
The “yellow cocktail music,” as well as the two party-goers encountered wearing yellow dresses, accentuate the superficial feeling and attitudes in Gatsby’s parties: the people who attend these parties do so for the sake of status and superiority fulfillment, disregarding the host himself and instead indulging in rumors and gossip.
These parties are far from genuine, and the presence of yellow defines...The growing need for materialism and money serves as a detriment to good character, moral, and values, and the color yellow is omnipresent in every aspect of the rich; Jay Gatsby’s glamorous parties are narrated with an overabundance of yellow, and Mr.Wilson’s yellow house depicts a sense of hopelessness in a different sense.we sat down at a table with the two girls in yellow" (all p. Remarkably Daisy's daughter has old and yellow hair: "Did mother get powder on your old yellowy hair? 90); "..he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock" (p. A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity – except his wife, who moved close to Tom" (p. The only way for Myrtle to get out of the grey seems to be Tom Buchanan. ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves" (p. 171); "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us" (p. Later the whole water between Gatsby and Daisy gets green "On the green Sound, stagnant in the heat,.." (p. Once (as far as I found it) Fitzgerald used "green" for envious or jealous: "In the sunlight his face was green" (George Wilson, p. is the color of being depressed, moody, or unhappy. "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went" (p. Although a lot of people are in and around his house, his gardens (plural! , the color yellow is a prevalent hue within the narrative's depiction of high society.Although interchangeable with the color gold, there are two distinct connotations in the mention of each color.48); "A silver curve of the moon hovered already in the western sky" (p. "now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music" (p. In contrast to the golden girl Jordan, her admirers are only yellow. Gatsby said: "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock" (p. 97) about the portrait of Dan Cody in Gatsby's bedroom. The Wilsons, living in the valley of ashes, appear in grey, except for Myrtle, when she enjoys the company of Tom Buchanan. It is mentioned at the beginning of that paragraph (p. Anyway, the lawn at Gatsby's house is an unhappy place as well. "the luminosity of his pink suit under the moon" (Gatsby, p.136). 13); "Inside, the crimson room bloomed with light" (p. To impress Daisy Jay Gatsby brings up a pile of shirts "and covered the table in many colored disarray ..."two girls in twin yellow dresses"; "You don't know who we are, said one of the girls in yellow, but we met you here about a month ago." "... stands for 1) morally unblemished 2) honorable ' "High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl" (Daisy, p. When Nick Carraway visited the Buchanan he met two young women, of course Daisy and Jordan "They were both in white" (p. Even the windows at Daisy's house are white "The windows were ajar and gleaming white" (p. 90); "Now it was again a green light on a dock" (p. 48); "The grey windows disappeared" (at Gatsby's house, p. Wilson "mingling immediately with the cement color of the walls. When Gatsby and Daisy are finally together, "there was a pink and golden billow of foamy clouds above the sea" (p. in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, with monograms of indian blue" (p. Gatsby stares across at Daisy's green light as he looks to the hope of meeting her in the future.It is the color of Gatsby's car interior, the color of money, who are not the "old money" of gold and social status.