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What does it mean when Daisy says she want to get "one of those pink clouds" and put...

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shadover | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 20, 2009 at 11:09 PM via web

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What does it mean when Daisy says she want to get "one of those pink clouds" and put Gatsby in it and push him around?

Could the color pink represent something?


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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 21, 2009 at 4:18 AM (Answer #1)

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Generally, light colors in "The Great Gatsby" represent dreams or goals. Gatsby himself wears either white or pink suits, which seem to represent his pure, and naive nature. However, the color imagery seems to go a little further in the scene where Daisy mentions she wants to "push him around" in the pink clouds. Just prior to this comment, Gatsby has mentioned the fact that there is a green light on her dock that shines all night. Although both Gatsby and Nick realize that Gatsby must have stayed up all night looking at the light, Daisy seems oblivious to this admission. She simply goes to the window and sees pink clouds. Fitzgerald is indicating though the image of pink clouds, that Daisy is the one who seems naive this time. In addition, she is also insubstantial as a cloud because she has totally ignored Gatsby's obvious obsession for her and simply wants to "push him around".

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