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17 I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

Daisy is not a fool herself but is the product of a social environment that, to a great extent, does not value intelligence in women. She describes her own boredom with life and seems to imply that a girl can have more fun if she is beautiful and simplistic. Daisy herself often tries to act such a part. She conforms to the social standard of American femininity in the 1920s.
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He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you
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In this moment, Nick realizes for the first time that though his story is set on the East Coast, the western character of his acquaintances is the source of the story’s tensions and attitudes.
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He 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 out our arms farther. He focuses on the struggle of human beings to achieve their goals by both transcending and re-creating the past. Yet humans prove themselves unable to move beyond the past.
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"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember the advantages that you 've had..." In consequence I 'm inclined to reserve all judgments
Meeting of Nick Carraway, the novel 's narrator, who utters his first ironic statement. The entire novel is full of Nick 's judgments.
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He was content to be alone--he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and as 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"
Meeting of Jay Gatsby, Nick 's new neighbor. Gatsby stares at a green light in the distance. The green light he sees shines on the dock of Daisy Buchanan, whom Gatsby loves. The green light, in a broader sense, symbolizes the American Dream
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