The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1658 Words Nov 13th, 2015 7 Pages
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, may seem irrelevant today to the students reading for school. The world Fitzgerald beautifully paints, with its vibrant and vivacious descriptions is often hard to picture for suburban kids who have never experienced anything like it. However, under the layers of champagne and money Fitzgerald drapes over his characters, these privileged aristocrats tell us a lot about ourselves. One overarching theme in the novel is the green light that burns at the end of Daisy Buchanan 's dock. Gatsby, the rich and mysterious man who the novel is written about, watches this light often as though he were watching Daisy, whom he is in love with. To Gatsby, the green light represents the past he both longs to recreate yet tries to escape, and the piece of himself he has lost in it. While many readers view Gatsby’s obsession with pity, we all have a green light, shining through the mists of everyday life and haunting us with images of history we want to escape and re-live, who we were and want to be. Gatsby holds onto the green light because it represents a past he longs to recreate but knows deep inside will never be the same. To him, it 's not a light at the end of a dock at all, but a beacon of desperate hope. Once Gatsby finally reunites with Daisy, “the colossal significance of that light…[vanishes] forever..Now it [is] once again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects..[diminishes] by one” (98). The way Gatsby…

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