Essay about F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

1044 Words Oct 6th, 2015 5 Pages
The imagery light can produce makes it a symbolic component of many novels, incorporated to heighten the dreams and realities of a character. Whether it is the light at the end of the tunnel or a hopeful light in the sky, the luminous detail is a common metaphor which can hold vastly different meanings depending on the overall message of a story. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the symbol of light is an essential element that not only represents the life of Jay Gatsby, but also represents all his aspirations and what he stands for. Light gives birth to hope and new beginnings, and, to Gatsby, this light represents his faith for his dream becoming a reality; however, the light proves to be an illusion as it is an impossible task for Gatsby to possess his dream. Whether­­ it is the light illuminated from Gatsby’s parties, or the green light shining across the calm sea, the bright glow deceives Gatsby into thinking he will one day be together with his true love and seize the life he has always imagined. Throughout The Great Gatsby, the recurring symbol of light as an illusion is incorporated in the novel to further develop the gilded idea of hope to the idea of being hopeless as seen in the light at his parties and across the harbor.
The light in Gatsby’s mansion shows all of West Egg the excitement of his parties, but this luminosity also parallels to the deceiving hope that Gatsby’s love might one day be one of the guests. Through hard work and persistency, Gatsby…

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