What Does The Light Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism The light symbolizes Gatsby's love for Daisy, and also money and the greed people have because of it. "Gatsby believed in the green light," Nick said (pg. 182). In chapter 5 we seen a different meaning behind the light, meaning sadness. We seen a different tone, Gatsby didn’t have to reach out for the green light any longer in chapter 5 due to having Daisy near him, bringing hope and sadness. Gatsby loved Daisy and for him the light stood for love. Looking at it gave him the feeling that they would one day be together again. For Gatsby, the light meant Daisy, and Daisy meant love. This is how Fitzgerald used the light to also symbolize love, along with its other meanings. F. Scott Fitzgerald had the light be green, instead of the regular white, for a reason. The reason for having the light green was to symbolize the money and greed for the characters in the book, especially Daisy. That's why Fitzgerald specifically had it belong to Daisy and not someone else. In a conversation between Gatsby and Nick, they were talking about Daisy and Gatsby said, "Her voice is full of money" (pg. 120). …show more content…

So her light on her dock was purposely green to symbolize her money and her greed. This topic relates to society everywhere. Money is a big issue in the world and a lot of the population is greedy with it. People who have read The Great Gatsby have seen what a lot of money and greed can do to a person. Daisy's greed had her marry a person for his money only, and not for love. Her greed made her incapable of true love. Just a simple light can symbolize love, money, and greed. Fitzgerald was very creative in doing this. The green light on Daisy's dock emphasized her greediness. In my opinion, love, money, and greed destroyed Gatsby and George in the

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