In The Great Gatsby, how do the motifs of violence, colours, race, and sports relate to Daisy and Jordan?

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  • Violence- Daisy is quite possibly the victim of violence at the hands of her husband. Although it is not expressly stated in the novel that Tom abuses Daisy, he certainly demonstrates his penchant for abuse on Myrtle. Daisy herself commits a brutal act of violence when she runs Myrtle down in Gatsby's car. Jordan also perpetrates violence on others. She admits to hitting other cars when driving, and she herself is ultimately careless with the emotions of others.
  • Colors- Daisy is associated with the color green (the light at the end of the dock, the "money" in her voice). She's also connected with the color white, suggesting an ironic sort of purity...the purity with which Gatsby still views her. Jordan too is connected to white and beige-essentially neutral colors. She herself is empty and distance from others, which is what these colors imply.
  • Race- Not really sure what to do with this one...apart from Tom, no one in the novel seems to have overtly racist tendencies. However, Daisy and Jordan are both upper-class white women, giving them an advantage over others socially and economically. This social status is partially why Daisy married Tom rather than Gatsby.
  • Sports-Literally, Jordan is a professional athlete. She's a golfer, but she was caught cheating during a game. Metaphorically, life is a sport to Daisy and Jordan. They see others as merely pawns in their game, and truly believe everything they do is ok, with no regards for the consequences.
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