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The Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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When people base their future objectives on past experiences, they will end up destroying their own dreams. In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, created a facade, which leads to him destroying his life. Gatsby was a man perpetually pushing ahead, while concentrated on the past. He was an optimist who reinvented himself, achieved financial wealth and social success, however failed to attain his American Dream: Daisy’s love. He obsessively chased illusions and disregarded reality, and as a result, devastated himself. Throughout the novel, the green light symbolizes Gatsby's goals and desires, to develop the theme of the American Dream. Fitzgerald uses the full circle effect when portraying the symbol of the green light, demonstrating Gatsby's unattainable idea of the American Dream. Nick stumbles upon Gatsby reaching his arms out at the water, but only sees “nothing except a single green light” (Fitzgerald 21). The light was at the end of Daisy Buchanan's dock across from Gatsby’s house. Nick Carraway watches Gatsby, but when he looked away, “He had vanished, and [he] was alone again in the unquiet darkness”(21). Nick can only see the light when Gatsby is there even though the light never turns off. The green light is depicted as mysterious in the first chapter. As soon as he disappears, the light vanishes with him. Grasping for the light at the end of Daisy's dock, Gatsby was actually trying to obtain Daisy. However, the green light is always a short stretch away,
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