In contrast to the golden girl Jordan, her admirers are only yellow. “two girls in twin yellow dresses”; “»You don’t know who we are,« said one of the girls in yellow, »but we met you here about a month ago. «” “… we sat down at a table with the two girls in yellow” (all p. 44). Remarkably Daisy’s daughter has old and yellow hair: “Did mother get powder on your old yellowy hair? ” (p. 111). | Gatsby has two important experiences in his life before the story starts. (1) Dan Cody with his yacht (p. 96) “that yacht represented all the beauty and glamour in the world. ” (2) Daisy Fay.
She wears white clothes and has a white car. White stands for 1) morally unblemished 2) honorable ‘ “High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl” (Daisy, p. 115). When Nick Carraway visited the Buchanan he met two young women, of course Daisy and Jordan “They were both in white” (p. 13). Even the windows at Daisy’s house are white “The windows were ajar and gleaming white” (p. 13). “Our white girlhood was passed together there. Our beautiful white” (Daisy and Jordan, p. 24). “they came to a place where there were no trees and the sidewalk was white with moonlight” (Daisy and Gatsby, p. 06). In a El-Greco-like picture at the end of the novel “four solemn men in dress suits are walking along the sidewalk with a stretcher on which lies a drunken woman in a white evening dress” (p. 167). “His heart beat faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own” (p. 107). Fitzgerald uses the color white for the real West, although he doesn’t even mention the name of the color. “When we pulled out into the winter night and the real snow, our snow” (p. 166). At the end of the novel [“the party was over” (p. 171), like the end of the Jazz Age at the Great Depression 1929] somebody soiled Gatsby’s house. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it” (p. 171). A couple of years later Jerome D. Salinger uses this metaphor and Holden Caulfield erases at the end of The Catcher in the Rye ( Rezension) an obscene word, written at the wall. But time changes: Fitzgerald just called it “obscene”, twentyfive years later Salinger named it. Green stands for a variety of meanings, but Fitzgerald used it mainly for “not faded”, like in “a green old age”, or for hope. I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light” (p. 25). This green light is across the sea where Buchanan’s house is supposed to be. Gatsby said: “»You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock«” (p. 90); “Now it was again a green light on a dock” (p. 90); “… when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock” (p. 171); “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us” (p. 171). Later the whole water between Gatsby and Daisy gets green “On the green Sound, stagnant in the heat,.. ” (p. 112).
Once (as far as I found it) Fitzgerald used “green” for envious or jealous: “In the sunlight his face was green” (George Wilson, p. 117). | Grey is often used for neutral, dull, not important. “grey little villages in France” (p. 48); “The grey windows disappeared” (at Gatsby’s house, p. 91); “… a grey, florid man with a hard, empty face” (p. 97) about the portrait of Dan Cody in Gatsby’s bedroom. Gatsby’s ideal is grey and empty. The Wilsons, living in the valley of ashes, appear in grey, except for Myrtle, when she enjoys the company of Tom Buchanan. Wilson “mingling immediately with the cement color of the walls.
A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity – except his wife, who moved close to Tom” (p. 28). The only way for Myrtle to get out of the grey seems to be Tom Buchanan. | Blue is the color of being depressed, moody, or unhappy. Therefore a lot of things aroung Gatsby are blue. “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went” (p. 41). Although a lot of people are in and around his house, his gardens (plural! ) are blue. “… ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves” (p. 144), of course in Gatsby’s gardens. “So when the blue smoke of brittle leaves” (p. 67)
Powerpoint and speech of significant popular culture product or personality from the last five years
An informative speech increases the audience members’ understanding of a topic. For this speech, you will inform your audience about a significant popular culture product or personality from the last five years. “Popular culture (or “pop culture”) refers to the traditions and material culture of a particular society. [In first-world countries], popculture refers to cultural products such as music, art, literature, fashion, dance, film, cyberculture, television, and radio that are consumed by the majority of a society’s population. Popculture is those types of media that have mass accessibility and appeal” (Crossman, 2020).
This assignment requires you to design and deliver an original 4-5 minute informative speech, with supporting PowerPoint slides.
For this speech, you will inform your audience about a topic by answering the question:
What is the most significant popular culture product or personality from the last five years and why is that product or personality the most significant?
The ideas in your speech must be supported by evidence. A minimum of three viable, relevant, timely sources is required. For this speech, you will confine your research to newspapers from across the country. You may choose from the following online newspapers:
“Detroit Free Press”
“The Dallas Morning News”
“New York Post”
“The Washington Times”
Sociological Definition of Popular Culture, Crossman, A., ThoughtCo., 2019
PowerPoint Slide Deck Development Process
Your speech must be illustrated by a PowerPoint slide deck that meets the following specifications:
Title slide with speech title and speaker’s name.
Preview slide showing the main points in the speech.
Body slides to illustrate each of the two main points and sub-points.
References slide in APA format.
No text on body slides; use powerful images instead of words when possible.
A minimum of 13 slides must be used.
No more than 16 slides in total.
Speech Development Process
After completing the reading and viewing assignments associated with the PowerPoint Speech, follow the key steps below to complete your PowerPoint Speech Worksheet and design and present your speech.
Note: You will film yourself presenting the “speaking” part of your presentation and post this to your Group Discussion Board. You will upload your PowerPoint slides to your Group Discussion Board.
1. Consider your audience. For this assignment, your audience is made up of college graduates. You must keep this audience in mind throughout the speech-making process.
2. Select and narrow your topic. For this assignment, you will present on the topic of the most significant popular culture product or personality from the last five years.
3. Determine your general and specific purposes. The general purpose of this PowerPoint Speech is to inform. The specific purpose of this speech will explain a significant popular culture product or personality from the last five years you want your listeners to remember.
4. Develop your central idea. The central idea summarizes your speech in a single sentence and previews your main ideas. The central idea of your PowerPoint Speech will identify a popular culture product or personality and state why this is the most significant popular culture product or personality from the last five years.
5. Generate the main ideas. The main ideas are the key points in a speech; these are derived from the central idea. Your PowerPoint Speech will have two main ideas. The first main idea will identify and explain the pop culture product or personality. The second main idea will explain why this is the most significant pop culture product or personality from the last five years.
6. Gather supporting material. Supporting material includes facts, examples, definitions, and quotations from others. For this speech, your sources will come from the list provided to you of U.S. newspapers. Remember that sources must be acknowledged in the speech. An oral source citation typically includes the author, title, and year of publication.
7. Organize your speech. Every speech should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The introduction gains audience attention, previews the major ideas in the presentation, and provides audience members with reasons to listen to the presentation. The body presents and supports the main ideas. The conclusion summarizes the main ideas and restates the central idea.