The phrases of “hardly fail to grasp it” emphasize the close range between Gatsby and his dream, and how effortless it would be to achieve success because of Gatsby’s determination. The concrete diction in “already behind him” shows the certain knowledge that Gatsby’s dream ended a while ago in the “vast obscurity beyond the city”. The vague diction in the phrase, “vast obscurity” confirms that Gatsby’s American Dream is lost somewhere in his past and could not be achievable as it was already lost. Not only was his American Dream lost in the past, but when Gatsby pursues his dream, the future “recedes before us.” The use of “us” demonstrates how Nick relates Gatsby’s unachievable dream to represent Americans’ dream.
The incomplete thought of “And one fine morning--” is when Nick finally understands that no matter how fast we run or how far we stretch out our arms, everyone’s green light will continue to diminish (Fitzgerald 189). Everyone’s focus will still be in trying to recover that light and repeat the past, but there’s ultimately no point. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of multiple contrasting colors helps readers more deeply understand the patterns of life. Although there are many bright green, white and yellow chances to look forward to throughout our life, we often are repeatedly thrown into the dark gray and black and must somehow climb out of the rubble and press on through the inevitable
He is greedy because he uses his wealth to try to win over Daisy. Gatsby buys a house across the bay from Daisy, and he can always see the green light shining toward him at the end of her dock, as Fitzgerald writes: “…he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away…”(Fitzgerald 19). The symbol of Gatsby reaching toward the light represents his longing for Daisy, but just like the light, she is far away. Gatsby has worked so hard to try to win her back.
“Winter Dreams” was published in 1926. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is most well-known for his novel “The Great Gatsby”. A common theme he is known for is the American dream and how it is corrupt. Fitzgerald enjoys writing about the poor boy chasing after the rich girl. This story is about a man named Dexter Green trying to achieve the American dream by obtaining the girl he adores.
Fitzgerald conveys the theme of the book with symbols such as the green light, the Valley of ashes, and the colors yellow and gold. The green light represents the hopes and dreams of Gatsby and how it is his destination to reach it, but he never reaches it because of how corrupted the American Dream is and in which makes the dream unattainable. At the end of chapter one Nick says: “He stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way. ”(Fitzgerald 25)
This nation was birthed from the hard work of it's pioneers, frontiersmen, and settlers all of who were working towards their vision the American dream. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald takes the pure and noble notion of striving for the American dream and adds a twist. As the characters within Fitzgerald’s novel try and attempt to achieve their version of the American dream, they willingly discard certain parts of their moral code in order to do so. Jay Gatsby was willing to engage in morally dubious actions to get Daisy back. Jordan would cheat in order to obtain the fame and fortune that came with being a renowned female golf professional.
As it is a “secrete” war that held countless lives, and created something to be learned from. Hence, we can learn and grow from historical events to prevent future outburst of repeating history. So, what should every American need to know today? To repent on being culturally aware of our history, though E.D. Hirsch’s list does not imply the words of the Secret War nor the General’s name as signified as a cultural literacy of a set of words Americans should “already” know.
The green light is used to represent multiple things. The first thing it represents is Gatsby’s desire, his dream which is Daisy. To win Daisy would help Gatsby accomplish his American dream. The first time the green light is seen in the novel is when Nick sees Gatsby for the first time, Fitzgerald describes it as, "he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling.
As Nick and Gatsby are talking about Gatsby’s relationship, Gatsby convincingly states to nick, “ Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘ why of course you can! I 'm going to fix everything just the way it was before, she see” (Fitzgerald 110). Gatsby is hopeful towards re creating his and Daisy’s past that he is often blind to the reality of things.
Lastly, Scott F. Fitzgerald also tried to live out the American Dream. He mirrored his own life in the book, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s dream, just like Gatsby 's dream, eventually died out in the end. Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald were never satisfied. They always wanted more than what they already had.
His only goal is to gain her love and he lives through that in the past. Gatsby is devoted to accomplish his goal to get Daisy meanwhile his american dream drifts away. He ends up alone because Daisy doesn’t return the same affection and he no longer contains the american dream. His image of Daisy grew in his imagination, leading herself to not be able to live up to the dreams that he has established in his mind. Fitzgerald shows the disappearance of an image by saying, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.
Society see’s illusions and has ignorance until they reach reality. To continue, Fitzgerald created Gatsby as a character that is unwilling to stop until he is with the love of his life, Daisy. “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 our arms farther….and one fine morning-” (Fitzgerald 154). Fitzgerald added in the detail of “run faster, stretch our arms farther…” to show that society will do whatever they need to do to try to attain their end goal, even when not attainable.
Within the book The Great Gatsby, there are many themes and symbols that are prevalent throughout the book. But to me, the most important symbol is the green light, which is located at the end of Daisy and Tom’s dock. Even though you could say the green light might represent money due to its green color, I believe that it represents the American dream. Since Gatsby was reaching for the light and once he realizes that he can’t have Daisy, the light burns out showing that the light symbolizes Gatsby 's American dream.
The green light symbols apply more so towards two specific characters. Those characters are Daisy and Gatsby. The green light is a light that is at the end of the dock near Daisy and Tom’s house. The main symbol of this green light is recapturing the past.
His dream encompasses his entire being and sense of self. The entire basis for every action he does is because of his intense love for Daisy Buchanan, and his entire reason for existence is stolen away from him when Daisy will not rebuke her marriage with Tom. Before Gatsby is killed by George Wilson, Gatsby dies internally to himself, because he has no real reason to go on living. Without Daisy’s love or the prospect of attaining Daisy’s love, he has no reason to continue being Jay Gatsby. He did not care about wealth, prestige, or fame, only Daisy, and once he realizes this will never be reality, he is plucked from his way of life into a brand new world.