Examples Of Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920’s was considered the “golden age” of America where the wealthy had extravagant parties, luxurious cars, and mansions. In F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby, is a fiction novel that revolves around the narrator Nick. Nick just recently moved to West Egg and he is neighbors with the Jay Gatsby. Nick begins to take interest into Gatsby, as he is a mischievous character who keeps changing his story of how he had obtained his wealth and his reasoning of residing in West Egg. Throughout the story, Fitzgerald tends to use symbolism to tell the reader an object or color is more important than it seems. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the color green to allude to the American dream and how it is flawed, also how it has an effect on Gatsby. Furthermore, in the beginning of the novel, the green light is first seen in chapter 1 when Nick sees Gatsby on his porch trembling and is reaching toward it. Nick informs the reader that “[he] glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light” (Fitzgerald 21). Fitzgerald is using the green light as something Gatsby desires and wants. But, at the same token, he is separated from it and is too afraid to go obtain it. Fitzgerald, later in the novel, tells the reader that Gatsby has been in love with Daisy and they actually dated before Gatsby went to war. Gatsby “waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual-moths so that he could “come over” some afternoon to a stranger’s
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