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Nick says, “ he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curios way, an, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling”, (Fitzgerald 21). This is important because Nick admires Gatsby for his ability to hope and dream. Nick does not yet know who gatsby really is. This symbolizes Gatsby reaching for his dreams.
Nick also says, “Involuntarily I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing except a green light”, (Fitzgerald 21). We know Daisy’s house is on the other end and that Gatsby might be reaching for it. The green light symbolizes a motif. Gatsbys dreams and hopes are daisy...which we find out later on in the book. The green light is important for us to be able to understand what he was reaching out for and why.
Nick tells us, “lucklily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure of his head, whereupon he Turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back in place”, (Fitzgerald 86). The clock symbolizes time. It also symbolizes how their relationship is broken and how they can not go back to how their relationship used to be because their lives have changed. This connects to the theme attachment to the past because Gatsby is attached to him and Daisy’s past.
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