Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby, who is trying to regain his past love, Daisy, exhibits traits in the novel that are linked to hope. F. Scott Fitzgerald is able to portray Gatsby’s feelings of hope with one iconic symbol, the green light. Near the start of the book, Gatsby is seen staring off into the distance into a green light that resides on East Egg. It is later revealed that the light is actually Daisy’s dock light, meaning that Gatsby is constantly gazing towards Daisy and thinking about his love. The author outlines this idea of the light representing hope when he writes, “I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light.” (21). The color of the light is also significant to its symbolism,

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