Green Light

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"If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby.  "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." (pg 92)

In a way I think this quote can symbolize Gatsby's dreams and hopes, and his own "American Dream."  He sees the light at Daisy's dock every night and has a glimmer of hope that they can still be together.  The light makes him think of her all the time. 
Being that the light is on the other side of the bay, it can also mean that Gatsby's hopes and dreams are out of reach and that he could never be with Daisy.  The fog represents the barrier between Daisy and Gatsby that even though they love each other they cannot be together.  His hope is fading away. 

"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--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning--
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."(pg 180)

This is the final paragraph of the book.  It relates to the previous quote involving the green light.  Gatsby still looks to the green light hoping his dreams will come true.  He does not want to move on but he is being pulled away from the light towards the future, yet he still wants to go forward to the light to be with Daisy. He wants to reach something that keeps moving farther and farther away.

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Matt Henderson said:

The green light definitely seems to represent the far-away dream that you always hope for but could never realistically achieve. Do you think Gatsby was really in love with Daisy, or that he was idealizing his relationship with her to be more than it was? It certainly seems that Daisy, if she really did love him as much as Gatsby thought, would ditch Tom in a heartbeat. Gatsby's just as rich as Tom, and she doesn't seem to really care about her daughter too much. In a way, Gatsby does sort of symbolize the American dream: work hard, and you'll be able to achieve your highest aspirations. However, Gatsby's "work" involved a lot of underhanded dealings and even after all his work he was never able to get what he wanted. Fitzgerald definitely seems to be trying to take the air out of some of that American idealism that would have been prevalent in the 1920's.

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