The Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s critically acclaimed novel, The Great Gatsby set in the United States during the Roaring Twenties is the quintessential tale of a man chasing the American Dream only to find that his immense wealth can not promise him what he truly desires. Like any great novel, The Great Gatsby is full of symbolism that aim to enhance the thematic interests of the novel. Throughout the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates influential symbols in the form of The Green Light, The Valley of Ashes, and the Eyes of T. J. Eckleburg.

One of the first symbols that can be found in The Great Gatsby is the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. The green light, to Gatsby, represents his hopes and dreams, specifically Daisy. Not only does it represent his dreams, it also represents everything that haunts him. When first seen by Nick, Gatsby is reaching towards the green light or reaching towards what could have been with Daisy if he hadn’t put wealth first. Nick points towards the end of the novel that the green light is nothing more but the corrupted American Dream, something that seems achievable, yet still just out of reach. …show more content…

The Valley of Ashes, which lies between West Egg and New York City is cesspool of despair. If New York City represents the glitz and glam and West Egg represents the new wealth of the economy, the Valley of Ashes represents the plight of those left in between. Those like George Wilson represent the social decay of those who could not achieve great wealth. They can only hope and dream that they can somehow escape their poverty. Like Gatsby, the American Dream is just out of their

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