Lights in the distance

In The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald uses symbolism in many things throughout the story. One of them is the green light at the end of Daisy Buchanan's dock. The symbolism for this light is Gatsby's obsession with Daisy and their future together. When Gatsby has Daisy in his arms and they look at the light together, he still feels like his dream of their life together isn't complete. "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams-not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion" (95). In this passage, Nick explains how Gatsby had thought of Daisy as a larger-than-life person, but really she was just like everyone else. Another part the green light comes to play is when Gatsby is shot by George Wilson in his own pool. "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- to-morrow we will run faster, stretch our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" (180). This part of the end of the novel describes how Gatsby longed for the person that the green light resembled and how because of that person, Gatsby was killed. Nick explains how chasing your dreams is alright, up to an extent.

By: Kayleigh Williams


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