Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby
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  • THE GREEN LIGHT
  • “-he stretched out his arm toward the dark water in a curious way… Involuntarily I glanced seaward - and distinguished nothing except a green light. (Fitzgerald 21)
  • "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning——" (Fitzgerald 180)
  • ANALYSIS
  • This is in the beginning of the novel, when Nick Carraway first sees Gatsby on his dock, looking at a green light. The green light is one of the major symbols in The Great Gatsby. It represents hopes and dreams and in this particular part, Gatsby is seen reaching for his dreams. His dream happens to be Daisy.The green light is also used in the ending of the book. Fitzgerald creates meaning by repeating this symbol throughout the book. This motif makes the reader think about their own goals, as if they are reaching for their own green light.
  • This is in the ending of the novel, the very last page, after Gatsby's funeral. Nick informs the reader that Gatsby strongly believed in his dream of getting Daisy back. This symbol began in the first chapter when Nick first sees Gatsby and decided not to approach him. Fitzgerald created meaning because he began and ended with the same symbol, informing the reader how Gatsby felt about the green light, which is actually his dream. This motif makes the reader put in their own dreams into the ending of the sentence, making them feel as if they are part of the book themselves.
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