Discovering hidden messages in a novel compares to solving a puzzle or finding a wanted treasure. Hidden symbols appear in many works of literature and lead the reader forward to discover the substance of a character deeply. Subtle tones and hints are used to tell readers more about a character in the novel. These signs aid the reader in revealing the meaning of certain situations and clarify any confusion. Colors benefit much to analyze the senseless thoughts of characters and explain the characters’ aspects.
Symbolism is to use the symbols to supply things with a representative meaning or to represent something abstract by actual objects. In the novel the colours are used to symbolize a person’s innermost thoughts and feelings. Colour symbolism is used to transfer a deeper message to the readers and help us understand the character’s true colours. Colors are very apparent in The Great Gatsby. They often show up as descriptions of important items all over the book, and make those items resemble symbols.
In the 1920’s many people would camouflage themselves through the identities of somebody else. In The Great Gatsby, the main characters can be observed as they are hiding behind the symbolism of various colors. Colours affect the ambience, indicate the significance of circumstances in a novel, and can also communicate with the personalities of the characters.
Color symbolism concept is outstanding in the novel. White, yellow, blue, green, and even the color black affect the ambience of scenes through association with a specific mood, and also through the actions of the characters.
The color white is associated with purity and innocence. Gatsby and Nick, the main male characters of the story, can be associated with this colour, but it heavily symbolizes Daisy and Jordan, the main female characters of the story. The characters can be seen using “white” as a way to make themselves look better than they already are. The color White is first compared with Daisy and Jordan when Nick is touring Tom’s house, who is Daisy’s husband, and he sees two women who are “both in white” (Fitzgerald 8). This is important because this is the first time that Daisy and Jordan are mentioned, and it depicts them naively. Another example where the depiction of Jordan and Daisy together is mentioned when Nick decides to drive to East Egg for dinner at Tom’s. When he arrives at the house, they are “laying upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses” (Fitzgerald 115). Even though we can clearly see the corrupt lifestyles which Daisy and Jordan live, they are still trying to describe themselves as good and honest. If we closely analyze Daisy, we can conclude that she is always somehow related with white. When Daisy and Gatsby are together, and Daisy decides to kiss Gatsby, it is described as “Daisy’s white face came up to his own” (Fitzgerald 118). When Daisy kisses Gatsby, the scene is pictured as being a decent act, in the other hand, she has just cheated on her husband Tom. Again, this act shows us how Daisy is hiding her true self behind the colour white. When we look back to Daisy’s youth, we can see she is linked with the symbolism of white. The main idea of childhood represents innocence and purity, and these terms also refers the colour white again, and white represents purity and innocence. We can conclude that Daisy was innocent when she was younger.