“I think we all believed for a moment that it had smashed in pieces on the floor.” (Fitzgerald 87)
"He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now, in the reaction, he was running down like an overwound clock." (Fitzgerald 92)
This quote takes place when Gatsby pretends like he just has entered Nick's house after Daisy has arrived. Gatsby attempted to look calm and collected and leaned up against a clock, but instead of looking calm, he broke the clock, looking like a fool instead. The clock is a great symbol in The Great Gatsby because when he broke the clock, it was a metaphor for time stopping. Fitzgerald uses time and the clock to relate it to time stopping when Gatsby and Daisy are together. This clock symbol gives the reader inside information about Daisy and Gatsby.
In this quote, it takes place soon after the previous quote. Gatsby invited Daisy and Nick to his house, and they headed into Gatsby's room. This clock symbol is a metaphor to Gatsby and how he is feeling. He is overwound which means that he was overly excited and could not wait to see Daisy but now, he is happy but not as much as he believed he would be. The symbol of Gatsby being an overwound clock informs the reader that Gatsby's green light was not as significant as he though it it would be.