What is the significance of the use of colors in the novel 1984?I think grey and blue are repeating motifs in the novel, but I don't know the reason behind it. What other colors are there in the...

What is the significance of the use of colors in the novel 1984?

I think grey and blue are repeating motifs in the novel, but I don't know the reason behind it. What other colors are there in the novel that are significant? For example, yellow is used to represent hope in several instances. Please help!

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One of the reasons why grey is so often used is the overall conception of the life of people living under a system like that of Big Brother and the Party.  So much of Winston's life is grey, the walls, the floors, many of the clothes, and often the things he eats as well.  The absence of any vibrance contrasts directly with that use of yellow to signify hope.

One of the characteristics of this grey world is that one thing always is able to blend into the next, there is no contrast, there is no real  way of standing out or delineating changes.  It just goes on and on, like the war, like Winston's struggle to free himself from the shackles of the party.

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