Self Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby

Published in 1926, “The Great Gatsby” written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald is novel that

clearly portrays a young millionaire, Jay Gatsby’s destruction caused by unattainable love towards

Daisy. This novel contains diverse themes, and two of the main themes are the futile of wealth and

the American dream that causes the self-destruction of Gatsby. “The Great Gatsby” presents variety

of symbolism through critically analyzing character’s actions and aspects of background.

First of all, the green light is the most prominent factor that symbolizes the main protago- nist’s unattainable love towards his lover. As Gatsby ceaselessly ran into the past, the future fade

away from him. The green light represents the visible future, but cannot be achieved. Gatsby’s act

of trying to turn the sweet past with Daisy into the present has ultimately guided himself in the self- destruction. This following quote is the narration of the green light by Nick that shows ‘we’ are

running into the unattainable future. “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 out our arms farther... And one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current,

borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (9. 171-172) Gatsby always dreamed of the sweet future with

Daisy. To achieve the future, he built his house near by Daisy, so he could see the
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