Hope Symbols In The Great Gatsby

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Alec Rizzo A-1 3/14/12 Symbolic Hope in The Great Gatsby Hope is a very strong force for humans. A little bit of hope can go along way when a person is trying to achieve something out of their reach. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby was reaching for something nearly impossible, however he never get up, and this was shown through the symbols in the book. The Green Light, Gatsby’s money, and the character Nick are all symbols that show Gatsby’s hope that he can win Daisy back. Fitzgerald uses symbols in The Great Gatsby to give Gatsby hope to get back with Daisy. The Green Light is a major symbol in The Great Gatsby. The Green Light is the light from Daisy’s dock that Gatsby can see from his house. Gatsby looks out at the green light and it makes him feel closer to Daisy. It also makes him hopeful that he can still get back with her. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.” (Pg. 180) This quote shows Gatsby hope in something so small. The green light represents Gatsby’s hope for Daisy as a whole, and green commonly represents hope in literature. Although it is only a light at the end of a dock, the green light brings Gatsby with the hope he needs to do other things, usually involving money, to win Daisy. Another symbol that gives Gatsby hope is his money. Gatsby uses his money to try to win daisy. Gatsby has very large and extravagant parties all because he hopes that Daisy will attend at least one. Gatsby also tries to show Daisy how rich he is by wearing expensive clothes. And showing off his house. To Gatsby, his money can get him everything, and that includes Daisy. “Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams--not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone
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