In the book The Great Gatsby how does the green light serve as a symbol? Explain your answer.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Green Light

    Situated at the end of Daisy’s East Egg dock and barely visible from Gatsby’s West Egg lawn, the green light represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future. Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in Chapter I he reaches toward it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal. Because Gatsby’s quest for Daisy is broadly associated with the American dream, the green light also symbolizes that more generalized ideal. In Chapter IX, Nick compares the green light to how America, rising out of the ocean, must have looked to early settlers of the new nation.

    Characters in The Great Gatsby infuse symbols with meaning—the green light is only a green light, but to Gatsby it becomes the embodiment of his dream for the future, and it beckons to him in the night like a vision of the fulfillment of his desires.

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  • 4 years ago

    Hope and the pursuit of prosperity and dreams that never come to fruition are represented by green in The Great Gatsby. The Green light at the end of Daisy’s dock represents hope to Gatsby that someday they will be together. In the end however it becomes “the orgastic future that year by year recedes from us”. However, do not misjudge green in the novel for something bad or evil. Green is hope. Green allows the character to dream. The Great Gatsby allows that though they may not come true, dreams can keep us alive inside. If Nick could, he would say that Gatsby always had his dreams, and they are what helped him live in the world without Daisy.

  • In our class, we interpreted it to mean two things. The first was the obvious: it represents Gatsby's jealousy.

    The second was that, for Gatsby, it represents Daisy. It is his guiding beacon to life, as he strives only to become a man that Daisy will run away with. It is so close, as Daisy is, on the other side of the water, but at the same time so far - they are separated by water. The water, in fact, makes it seem almost impossible to reach the light - to reach Daisy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it stands for envy. he is envious of the fact that daisy is doing well and is married. green stands for the color of know the saying "im greem with envy"

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its a symbols of something he strives for, but as it is across the pier - it is unreachable and a distant dream

  • 1 decade ago

    green with envy

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