Significance Of Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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In the song, “I Have A Dream,” Common sings “In search of brighter days, I ride through the maze of madness.” The same thing can be said by Gatsby as he pursues his own American dream. Gatsby’s dream is to be with Daisy, who is married to Tom. Gatsby gets so caught up in getting Daisy, he lets her take advantage of him, which eventually leads to Gatsby’s murder. Gatsby’s American dream faintly exists, however Gatsby’s corrupted views on his social standings diminishes any chance he has with Daisy. Gatsby’s American dream, which was almost impossible to achieve, faintly existed. Throughout the novel, his dream was represented by a green light which was located on the opposite dock. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away” (Fitzgerald 25-26). The green light is…show more content…
One thing that is questioned throughout the story is how he made his money. Some clues point to the idea that he made it illegally through bootlegging. If that is true, it shows that Gatsby earned his wealth unfairly. Gatsby speech and habit of calling people “old sport” also questioned Gatsby’s character. “Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care” (Fitzgerald 53). It was obvious that he was not raised by wealth and that he was trying his hardiest to fit in. Gatsby also had a corrupted view of himself. “He was a son of God…. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to the conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald 104). Gatsby thought he was bigger than he really was, that he could receive what ever he wanted, which was Daisy. However, corruption prevented Gatsby from achieving his American
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