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The Green Light In The Great Gatsby

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The thrill of the chase, the excitement in the dream, the sadness of the reality is all represented in the green light that encompasses Jay Gatsby’s attention in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The meaning contained in the green light consumed Gatsby in ways that demonstrated an unhealthy obsession in which five years of his life was spent attempting to get Daisy. The moment that dream became attainable to him, she fell right into his reach only to crush his heart. Five years were wasted on a dream that he really could not see. His life was spent changing himself to achieve “the dream.” Everyone needs to be able to say they lived their life to the fullest and have no regrets when it becomes their time. Do not waste it on an unrealistic…show more content…
It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.…And one fine morning—” (Fitzgerald 189). “And one fine morning--” everything could change (189). The thrill of the chase is what keeps people wanting to achieve their dreams. The moment someone gets their dream, the rest of their life is nothing. For example, Tom Buchanan hit his peak at 21, and the rest of his life he was looking for a commodity to give him that same thrill he got during the chase. Gatsby’s chase of the green light gave him more thrill than when he actually received Daisy. Daisy could not tell him that she did not love Tom. The realization that Daisy still had feelings for Tom Buchanan, crushed Gatsby’s thrill of having…show more content…
Dream: (noun) a strongly desired goal or purpose. Future: (adjective) coming after the present time” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Every hope and every dream is to reach something in the future, weight loss, house, family, job, money, are all centered on the future. You try to lose weight now for something in the future, you save money now for a house in the future, and you take classes now for a career in the future. What about the now? What happens when you get that career, or the house, or the satisfied weight? Will you be pleased with the career you persuaded? Will you enjoy the house or will it turn out to be more than you can handle? Will you be thrilled with how you look or be able to sustain your satisfied weight? It could be “a terrible, terrible mistake” (92) or you could just be “acting like a little boy” either way the dream is “sitting in there all alone” (93). Weigh the consequences and decide, like Gatsby, to take a bold chance, “invite Daisy” over, or move onto a new dream
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