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Hiep Nguyen
English III. Period 4
24 March 2022
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” F. Scott Fitzgerald, he uses the green light symbolism to
represent Gatsby attempt to hopefully win back Daisy heart to portray hope, even though it’s good most
of the time to be hopeful but also there’s a downfall for being too hopeful.
In the novel, Nick mention Gatsby attempt to win her heart back by saying “He had come a long
way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp
it.”(pg180) This shows us that Gatsby was trying his best to win her even though he wasn’t really
successful at it but he is still hoping that it would work out but he’s so hopeful which at the point he
became super denial of the truth and the reality of him not Daisy would not ever connect with like how
they used to again, this shows how hopeful Gatsby to any situation no matter the consequences.
Another line from the novel that mention about the symbolism of green light was when the
book mention “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from
him, I could have sworn he was trembling, Involuntarily I glanced seaward---and distinguished nothing
except a single green light, minute and far way, that might have been the end of a dock.”(pg20,21) This
simply show us that Nick spotted Gatsby staring at the green light at the end of Daisy dock which
symbolize Gatsby hope and dream of getting back with Daisy but he was trembling which shows us a
sign of him being afraid that he might not have a chance to win her heart over again.
In the end, Gatsby is a very hopeful person despite might knowing failure would approach, at
the very least, he still had his moment with Daisy once again, there’s many other people that could
relate to the same situation as Gatsby by sitting there and hoping one day they can eventually be with
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someone who they like a lot, I’ve proved that being hopeful is a bad thing most of the time by stating
that Gatsby eventually ended up dying due to keep on hoping that Daisy would feel the same way as
him and hopefully they would come back together like they used to be.