The Great Gatsby Essay

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Fitzgerald’s Use of Green in The Great Gatsby The novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells a story of the eccentric wealthy man, Jay Gatsby as told by Nick Carraway. Together they live on long Island. Nick soon discovers Gatsby’s love for a married woman Daisy Buchanan, but cannot figure out the many mysteries behind the fabulously wealthy man. Throughout his novel, The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Fitzgerald uses the color green in association with the character Jay Gatsby to reveal his aspirations, wealth and life. The author utilizes the color green to convey to the reader the hopes and dreams of Gatsby’s life portrayed throughout the novel. Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy. The two dated previously but as Gatsby went off to war Daisy finds another man named Tom and marries him. When Gatsby returns from war his plan is to reconcile with Daisy and get her back. When Gatsby was first introduced in the novel Nick describes him by saying, “he [stretches] out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way, and far as I [am] from him I [swear] he [is] trembling. Involuntary I [glance] seaward and [distinguish] nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that [may be] at the end of the dock” (26). That green light was at the end of Daisy’s dock in East Egg. Gatsby was reaching out for her. He yearns for Daisy so much and it was almost as if he could grasp his dream and the light that lit up her house. His main dream in life is to be with Daisy forever and live a wonderful life. Since Gatsby knew Daisy and Nick were cousins he arranges a time at Nick’s place where he can see Daisy and this shows Gatsby feelings. Nick Carraway describes Gatsby’s reaction when he sees Daisy again by saying, “After his embarrassment and his unreasonable joy he [is] consumed with her presence. He [has] been full of the idea so long, dreamed

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