Significance Of Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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For F. Scott Fitzgerald's entire adult life he wanted to make something of himself. He wanted fame, fortune, and most of all a girl. Fitzgerald often times based his novels off of his life experiences. In his work, he incorporated aspects of weather and mood to perceive the hope and tragedy that occurred in his lifetime. In The Great Gatsby, F Scott. Fitzgerald contrasts the symbols of the green light and the rain to represent Gatsby’s hope for the future and his doomed relationship with Daisy. Throughout the story, Fitzgerald uses the green light as a symbol to represent Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future. Fitzgerald’s first use of the green light shows Gatsby’s dreams that are just out of reach. As Nick watches Gatsby outside his…show more content…
He believes that he and Daisy were meant to be together. Gatsby looks across the water to the green light knowing that’s where Daisy was at that very moment (if the light was still there so was Daisy). The green light was so close yet still so far just like her. The green light as a symbol reflects the undying hope of Gatsby. In contrast, Fitzgerald uses the rain to symbolize the doom of Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy. The first use of rain is to symbolize the downfall of Gatsby and Daisy’s reunion. The day Nick invites Daisy over for tea it is “pouring rain” (83). A rainy day is usually gloomy and unpleasant, so having this weather on the day of Gatsby and Daisy's reunion implies that they will not end up together. This shows that Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship is doomed even before it really begins. The pouring rain sets a depressing mood for their love story. Fitzgerald also compares the rain to Gatsby and Daisy to symbolize the break down of their relationship. As Gatsby and Daisy talk alone inside Nick’s house, the rain persisted, “while the rain continued it had seemed like the murmur of their voices, rising and swelling a little now and then with gusts of emotion. But in the new silence I felt that silence had fallen within the house too” (88-89). When Gatsby and Daisy talk it continues to pour outside, but as soon as they stop talking so does the rain. Rain often times foreshadows an awful event that is about to occur.
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