what is the significance of the green light at the end of chapter 1, in the book of the great gatsby?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    green is symbolic of envy

    like "green with envy"

    gatsby is envious of Daisy's husband

  • 1 decade ago

    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.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "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."

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The green light on Daisy's house that Gatsby gazes wistfully at from his own house across the water represents the "unattainable dream." But the green light also represents the hazy future, the future that is forever elusive, as Nick claims in the last page of the novel, "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run farther, stretch out our arms farther...."

    From Shmoop/Symbols

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  • 1 decade ago

    well, you're not going to know until you reach further along in the book, but its important because it's so mysterious and unknowing (which describes Gatsby!) it also contrasts the difference between Gatsby's role so far in the novel ( a huge, curious mystery), and what he is doing when he's staring at that light (his arms open, extended, and vulnerable).

  • 1 decade ago

    that Gatsby would come back for her one day.

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