Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

In the Great Gatsby, there are many examples of symbolism, but the strongest example in the entire book/movie is the green light. In the story, Gatsby lives across the bay from Daisy and often reaches out towards the green light at the end of her dock. To Gatsby, this green light represents not only Daisy, but their past and future together. Gatsby believes with every fiber of his being that he and Daisy will be together just as they were back then. In a way, the green light almost acts as a beacon of hope for Gatsby. Gatsby reaches out towards this light because he is so close to his dream, yet so far. "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----So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (Fitzgerald 180)  

By: Sophie Fitzsimons


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3 years ago

I like how you took one symbol and went really in-depth with it. Looks good too.