Essay On The Green Light In The Great Gatsby

991 WordsMay 31, 20174 Pages
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter- to morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning---” In the Great Gatsby, the green light signifies Jay Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future and ultimately the American Dream. The green light represents the lost dreams of Americans, unrealistic hope and the determination to achieve the American Dream. The writing from F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Great Gatsby” allows the reader to learn the significance behind the green light, if hopes and dreams are always centered around future belief and if the belief is more satisfying than one’s desires. In chapter 9, the green light…show more content…
Nick was impressed by Gatsby determination on pursuing his hopes and dreams; if he does not get a happy ending nobody else must either. “One fine morning” represented the hopeless downfall of Gatsby’s dream and the reality that not all dreams come true and not everyone is given a happy ending. Hopes and dreams are not always centered on a future belief. Some, like Gatsby, set their hopes and dreams based on events in the past. Gatsby’s pursuit for happiness was driven (centered) by the past and the relationship that Daisy and him had. He was so caught up in winning Daisy’s heart that he lost the sight of how the real world worked. When told “You can’t repeat the past” by Nick, Gatsby replied with “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” Gatsby’s hopes and dreams couldn’t be centered in the future because the relationship that he longed for with Daisy was stuck in the past. No matter how hard he tried, Daisy would never leave her husband for him. Daisy was caught up in the moment and lost control of herself. She wasn’t getting the attention she desired and wanted something more- the only one that gave her the attention she wanted was the one she didn't look at the same anymore. Daisy was married now with a child, she had moved on and knew her and Gatsby was in the past. She had created a future for herself that was centered on a future belief, and it didn’t involve Gatsby. Having hopes and dreams centered on
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