English 11 American Studies
18 March 2014
Hopes and Dreams
The Green light in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, symbolizes hope, money, and the American Dream. The green light is a significant symbol in this novel because the color green can symbolize many different things, but for Gatsby it is his hopes and dreams for the future.
The green light is one of the most important symbols in The Great Gatsby. Green is the color of hope and it first appears when Gatsby stares across the bay towards a green light at the end of a dock. In the first chapter Nick says "reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope" (Fitzgerald 2) which means in order to change anything in society or life in general, you need to let people know that what they're doing is wrong, or that you don't agree with it.
Some people refuse to judge others because they fear that their criticisms won't be acknowledged.
At the end of Daisy's dock the green light represents Gatsby's hope and dreams. It reminds him of the physical and emotional distance between him and Daisy. Gatsby has spent his whole life wanting something better. Money, success, and Daisy, and no matter how much he has he never feels complete. Even when he has his large house full of interesting people and all of their attention, he still wants Daisy. Gatsby is in love with Daisy and only wants her. He created his dreams for the future for Daisy. When Nick talks about the green light at the end of the book he says "It eluded us then, but that's no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out farther", he connects the green light to...