What Does The Green Light Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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As seen through the book The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby lives a life of constant longing and determination to improve his future. Although he is very determined and tries to win the love of Daisy to recreate the past, he fails throughout the book which is ultimately shown through the symbol of a the green light at the end of Daisy's dock.Throughout The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, creates the symbol of the green light at the end of Daisy's dock to show the reader the hopes and longing Gatsby has for a better future that he hopefully has with Daisy, which, is made clear he will never achieve foreshadowing his many failures through the book and eventually his death
In order to try to get Daisy over to his house at the start of the book, Gatsby throws many …show more content…

Gatsby, as described by Nick, could not reach the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. Gatsby believes that he can repeat the past and live the life that he had with Daisy before. Blindly, Gatsby believes, “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ Gatsby cries out, ‘Why of course you can!’” (Fitzgerald 110). This is like him reaching out to get the green light, which is physically impossible. Gatsby believed that he would be able to have the life he used to have just a as "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us" (Fitzgerald). Nick goes on to describe that, “[Gatsby] 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” (Fitzgerald). This scene depicts the reality of the situation that Gatsby will never be able to achieve the life he wants. Since he cannot reach the green light, it is made clear that he will never be able to repeat the past and indeed never does. This is seen at the end of the book where Gatsby dies without achieving the love of Daisy and without the past he hoped to

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