What Does The Green Light Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The symbol of the green light in the book Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the character Gatsby's dream and his hopeful ambitions. Throughout the book, the author uses many uses of symbolism in order to persuade the audience to empathise with gatsby. He then uses this point and paint a bigger picture of the American dream. Nick, the narrator of the novel, first sees the intent of the green light when he sees Gatsby reaching hopefully at a green light across the bay. The color green represents life, hope, and youth which is presented through Gatsby's ambitions.
The light is first mentioned as Nick went over to see who was at Gatsby’s dock and why they were reaching out for something. Nick looked and saw "nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock."(page 152). The reader does not know that the light is on Daisy's dock but can see that whatever its is very important to Gatsby. However the reader does know that he can see this green light impacts Gatsby in someway or another.
In chapter four of the novel, Nick finds out from Jordan that Gatsby bought the house so that Daisy would be just across the bay. Nick responds …show more content…

As the story goes a long it is apparent that the green light means more than just Daisy but the life he could have had with her. Gatsby develops large expectation over time and fails to recognize the big things standing right in front of him. Even if he were somewhat successful in his goal it would always fall short for the fact the Daisy has a daughter and has been married for a few years. The green light is mentioned one last time by Nick on the last page of the book “I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.”(page 149) His dream was so close in reach but the obstacles standing between him were just too

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