The Green Light in "The Great Gatsby" Book Review

The Green Light in "The Great Gatsby"
An analysis of the use of the green light in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" as a symbolic tool.
# 116468 | 2,167 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Oct 02, 2009 in Literature (American)

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This paper discusses the symbol of the green light in "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The writer explains how the green light in the novel is used to represent the themes of the book. The green light functions in the novel as a symbol that metaphorically represents Gatsby's impossible dream that Daisy will choose him over Tom, the novel's theme of life being an illusion, and another of its themes of disappointment with the American Dream. By the end of the book, the worthlessness of the green light, the girl and the dream is exposed.

From the Paper:

"For Gatsby, Daisy has always been this light at the end of the dock. Not because of the factor of closeness or the fact that the light is where Daisy is, but because of Daisy's own liquidity. Gatsby loves her hopelessly and passionately, yet she is somehow always out of his reach and always has been. Nick believes, and readers are drawn to believe, that Gatsby has always known deep down inside himself that Daisy would never simply just love him: he would have to win her affection. He met her in Louisville, where he was an officer (the type of man that favored Daisy) and they fell in love. She promised that she would wait for him to return from the service, but she did not. He even tries, and continues to try, to win her back by making himself fabulously rich in the thought that it will make her love him."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995.

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