The Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald emphasizes the color green as a promise of hope. Through Gatsby, this promise is corrupted by the means that he tries to attain it. Hope is a theme represented by the green light. Gatsby was fixated on the green light across the bay at the end of Daisy's dock. She was the green light. I saw the green light as representing money also. Green symbolizes greed in terms of money and it is significant that the green light is at the end of Tom and Daisy's dock, representing their love of money, and the way Gatsby was so intrigued by it could represent his constant obsession with money and how it is the only thing that will make him achieve his goal of Daisy. (Trask) The billboard of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg represents the materialistic desire for money and superficial wealth. The eyes are blue and gigantic, but look out of no face, rather from a pair of enormous yellow glasses that pass over a non-existent nose. I see the billboard as representing something that looks over you but may not be as noticeable in doing so to the average person. It could also stand for an empty and dead god, who as the character of Wilson believes "sees everything" as the new but false god. This new god represents commercialism or materialism.

The characters in the novel live for money and were controlled by money. Love and happiness cannot be bought, no matter how much money is spent. Tom and Daisy were married and even had a child, but both still committed adultery, Daisy

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