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Examples Of The Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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Nate Shedivy
Ms.Geier
10-18-17 The Green Light
Everyone in society has dreams, some bigger than others and some will go so far to lose what's most important to pursue the one dream they believe in. In the book The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald tells the dream of Jay Gatsby and how it was too out of reach for him to obtain. Jay Gatsby is a very wealthy man who only cares about one thing in his life and that is to be with Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is an upper class lady that Gatsby used to be in a relationship with before he went into the World War. While Gatsby was at war Daisy got married to someone else and for the past five years Gatsby has been trying to win her back through materialistic and un moral ways. Gatsby’s dream is to be with Daisy and to once again repeat his long lived past. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald uses Gatsby's pursuit of the green light to reveal that due to materialism and lack of moral rights that the American Dream is unattainable for society.
The way Gatsby looks at the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock symbolizes how the American Dream is unattainable for society. Gatsby lives in a mansion in West Egg right across the bay from Daisy’s house in East Egg. East Egg represent the people of the old money aristocracy. Gatsby is next door neighbors with a character named Nick. Nick is the main character in the story which he also narrates. One late night Nick witnesses Gatsby reaching out to a
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