The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The famously written book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, provides many details, which help to provoke the meaning behind this narrative. The use of symbolic objects helps to connect the significance of the story on a deeper level and eventually reveal its literal meaning. Many symbols portrayed throughout The Great Gatsby, such as the green light, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, Gatsby’s Mansion and the weather help to uncover one of the main themes–the American Dream. First, the green light located at the end of Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s dock, in East egg, plays a considerable role in Gatsby’s life. In chapter 1, we first encounter Gatsby’s attraction with the green light. When Nick Carraway sees Gatsby for the first time, he narrates: “…he stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glance seaward¬–and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. (Fitzgerald 20-21)
It is seen that Gatsby associates the green light with Daisy. Nick sees Gatsby reaching towards this light as if he were trying to reach for his goal (Daisy). When the green light is labeled as ‘minute and far away,’ it appears to Gatsby unmanageable to grasp, which upholds to be true later in the novel. Gatsby seems to be stuck in the past, where the green light represents the physical and emotional detachment, which plays a role…
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