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Usage of color in The Great Gatsby In The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald colors play an imperative part of establishing themes and mood Many things are described by colors from the obviously color-inclined to the less apparent Frequently colors that would not automatically come to mind when describing an object are used often heightening the literary value of the book Many colors are used with colors that might be opposite each other to show contrast That is the main focus of this paper the contrast between colors Fitzgerald starts his color usage early in the text Tom and Daisy are described as living in a cheerful red-and-white pg 6 mansion perhaps evoking the two opposing colors to show the contrast between Tom a true violent brute of a man and Daisy a almost angelic airy being Indeed Daisy and Jordan are later both described as both wearing white in the very first scene in which we meet them and both are subsequently is described in terms of light colors throughout the rest of the text Daisy especially is dwelled on as such Yet in that same first scene she points out her hurt knuckle which is described as black and blue 12 She claims that this was caused by Tom This I see as being a slight foreshadowing of the more rocky aspects of their relationship and perhaps maybe an insight into her being This airy innocent being which is for the most part better the life bears a stain a very literal one on her person It evokes almost biblical imagery such as original sin which is punishment for the pursuit of humanity and even the fallen angels whose virtuous beings were forever stained Of all of Daisys various descriptions most of which she is described in terms of light shades white dresses hats makeup cars etc this is one of the most symbolic of her true nature and
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