Examples Of Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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The end of the roaring 20s is summarized by a simple green light. In the time of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby shows how people were changed by The American Dream and dry to follow but never achieve their ultimate goal. The way Fitzgerald shows this is the main character Gatsby who goes miles and miles to reach his goal of being with Daisy, but on the way runs into more obstacles than he can handle. This ends up in his American Dream never being reached. The last passage about the American Dream is brought up throughout the whole book. The most dominant way is with a green light. The green light represents the future and something that is unachievable. This is the American Dream Gatsby was trying to reach in the 1920s. …show more content…

Tom is questioning Gatsby and says, “‘You're the one of the bunch that hangs around with Meyer Wolfsheim…’” (Fitzgerald 133) Meyer Wolfsheim is a guy that had fixed The 1919 World Series. Fitzgerald’s message about the American Dream is reflected by Gatsby not being able to reach his dream but still trying no matter what. Fitzgerald’s message about the American Dream is that people are constantly trying to be better but never will be happy with themselves because what they have attained on the way is already great. This relates to the Gatsby because what he doesn’t realize is that he is trying to get something that is out his control. In a way, he has already reached his goal from his younger years. This goal could have been to end up like Dan Cody who was a rich man that owned a yacht. Whenever Gatsby saw the yacht he stood in amazement, “too young Gatz, resting on his oars and looking up at the railed deck, that yacht represented all the beauty and glamour in the world.” (Fitzgerald 100). This shows that at the time that is what motivated him and who could eventually buy that. After getting rich Gatsby wants something that he can’t just buy which is Daisy. In conclusion, Fitzgerald makes it very clear that the American Dream is impossible to achieve by making sure Gatsby can not find his way to Daisy even though he tries for most of his story. The ways Gatsby goes the extra mile for Daisy includes him buying a house to be closer to her and

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