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The Green Light In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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ghout the story, Fitzgerald tends to use symbolism to tell the reader an object or color is more important than it seems. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the color green to alluded to the American dream and how it is flawed, also how it has an effect on Gatsby. Furthermore, In the beginning of the novel, the green light is first seen in chapter 1 when Nick sees Gatsby in his blue gardens trembling and is reaching toward it. Nick informs the reader that “[he] glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light” (Fitzgerald 21). In this context, Fitzgerald is using the green light as something Gatsby desires and wants. But, at the same token, he is separated from it and is too afraid to go fetch it. Fitzgerald, later in the novel, tells the reader that Gatsby has been in love with Daisy and has “waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual-moths so that he could “come over” some afternoon to a stranger’s garden” (Fitzgerald 78). Fitzgerald provides the reader that Gatsby’s hopes and desire are “Daisy!” He has been in love with her forever and bought a mansion to be near her; just in two hopes that Daisy will show up at one of his parties. The reader later learns the green light coincidentally is at Daisy’s dock and that she has also been in love with him. On that note, the green light is on Daisy’s dock also, gives the reader that she is also in love with Gatsby. Another example can be seen in chapter 5 when, Gatsby
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