The Great Gatsby: Idealism

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  • Gatsby Reaches for the Green Light
  • Gatsby sees Daisy and Tom's Daughter, Pammy
  • Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby Fight
  • Nick sees Gatsby "stretch[ing] out his arm toward[s]" a single green light (Fitzgerald 21). The green light symbolizes hopes and dreams. Gatsby's dream is to be with Daisy and he is trying to reach towards that dream, making him an idealistic person.
  • Gatsby looks at Tom and Daisy's child with a surprised look. He had never "really believed in its existence before" because he was still attached to the past (Fitzgerald 117). He wanted to believe that nothing had happened in the four years that he was gone. But, things have changed and Daisy's child will always be in the way of Gatsby dream. Even with this information, Gatsby still hopes and still holds onto his idealism.
  • Tom reveals how Gatsby has made his money, through criminal activity. As Tom reveals this Daisy is drawn "further and further" away from Gatsby (Fitzgerald 134). After this"only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon" passed and Gatsby had lost Daisy forever (Fitzgerald 134). But, he still holds onto the dream even though it is gone.
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