The Great Gatsby American Dream Analysis

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Gatsby’s Reach for an American Dream In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald utilized symbolism to express a deeper meaning. Throughout the novel, an overall theme is apparent: the American Dream is virtually unattainable. Gatsby’s dream is for Daisy to realize she loves him and not Tom. As the book goes on, the reader can see through symbolism that Gatsby’s American Dream is becoming unattainable because Gatsby is reaching for something greater than he can achieve. Although loving Daisy is obviously pointed out, Gatsby's desire for Daisy is shown in a symbolic way as well. When Nick first sees Gatsby, he is reaching out toward a light that at first Nick doesn't know where it is coming from. Later, the novel reveals that the light is at the end of Daisy’s dock. Gatsby reaching out to Daisy's dock represents that Gatsby is reaching out for the love Daisy and Gatsby once had. Once Gatsby gets into contact with Daisy again, he realizes he can't see the green light anymore, so he can no longer reach out toward Daisy and his dream. Since she is back in his life, Gatsby can see that she misses him, but their relationship is different now. Gatsby had difficulty realizing that Daisy was slowly losing her love for him because, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us” (Fitzgerald 189). Nick sees how Gatsby stayed strong in his belief of the light, but Nick also can see how Daisy leans away from Gatsby’s love. When the green light disappears, Gatsby starts to understand that his dream is becoming inconceivable. Fitzgerald knew where he wanted to go with The Great Gatsby, so he used the weather to symbolize the mood of what was going to happen next. When Gatsby and Daisy meet for the first time in five years, the weather was dreary, and rainy. Fitzgerald telling the reader what the weather was like helped the reader see what the characters felt. When it was raining, Gatsby was nervous and didn't know what to expect when meeting Daisy, so when they had been talking for a little bit the weather cleared up with each other. It was on that rainy day that Gatsby lost the sight of the green light. After they got caught up with each other, they started to see each other
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