Green Light Great Gatsby

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In the book The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the American Dream by using many symbols to describe the American Dream. For example, Fitzgerald uses the “Green Light” at the end of Daisy’s dock; this light symbolizes Gatsby’s dreams and desires to have a life with Daisy. The color green symbolizes money which is Gatsby’s desire and dream, along with being with Daisy. The American Dream can be defined as the acquisition of wealth that is attainable and fulfilling. The Great Gatsby is a story about a “millionaire” named Jay Gatsby who falls in love with the lovely Daisy Fay Buchanan, who is married to her husband Tom. Tom is having an affair with the garage owner’s wife Myrtle. The story is told by Gatsby’s neighbor Nick Carraway,…show more content…
This light is Gatsby’s motivation as well as his ambition-- his distant goal of being with Daisy. When Gatsby was younger, he was very poor which made Daisy not want to marry him. Gatsby worked hard throughout his life to achieve the core of the American Dream. Gatsby restored himself from absolutely nothing, Gatsby ended up making a lot of money, through an illegal process. He enclosed himself with many material belongings, which he thought that would make Daisy want to be with him. Nick says, “ He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it…” (pg 180). Nick is saying that Gatsby had tried for so long to grasp his dream of being with Daisy and now his dream is…show more content…
Gatsby has achieved great wealth, but not through honest work, he has achieved his money through bootlegging and crime. Gatsby’s money is not considered “new money” it’s considered filthy money. His money and himself are more than a disguise. Gatsby has been created from a poor boy’s dreams named James Gatz. Gatsby is not the only one who is corrupt. Nick says “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (pg 59). The Great Gatsby is a novel full of dishonesty and many tricks. Fitzgerald uses literary devices and symbols to portray the misleading essence of the American Dream. He manages to define and denounce the American Dream throughout the novel. The Great Gatsby is a clear criticism of the excessive materialism, which was a result of chasing the American
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