The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about Jay Gatsby who revolves his life around one desire; to be together again with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby’s love for Daisy becomes his fuel to move out of poverty, and grow into the man that he believes Daisy wants him to be: rich and powerful.
The text uses various literary devices to show the motivations and challenges that Gatsby faces along his path to getting Daisy. One specific literary device that is used, is the green light seen at Daisy’s dock, across the water. The novel uses the green light to symbolize Gatsby’s obsession to be with Daisy. In the novel, the green light is portrayed not as a physical object but as an idea. The author wants his readers to focus on the green light as being a symbol.The idea behind the symbol shows Gatsby’s desire to be with Daisy. Gatsby alluringly gazing at the green light from his lawn is how the narrator, Nick Carraway sees Gatsby for the first time, “stretch[ing] out his arms toward the dark water trembling. nothing except a single green light”(Fitzgerald, p.
21). Gatsby’s trembling arms while reaching out to the light, gives the readers a sense of his passion and devotion towards achieving his dream. It is evident that it is impossible for Gatsby to reach the green light with his arms, from where he is standing; an indication that Gatsby’s dream is unreachable. Despite of the distance, Gatsby continues to reach out for the green light. In this case, Gatsby is hopeful.Fitzgerald uses the color green for a reason; to represent hope. He wants Gatsby to look at the green light as a beacon of hope and believe that his dream to be with Daisy will be within his grasp. The text describes Gatsby’s love for Daisy, as an obsession.
The same notion as how Gatsby desperately wants his dream to be a reality. Gatsby strongly believes that history repeats itself: “I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured. “You can’…