Theme Of Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The symbols in literary works are essential in order to express the author’s intended theme. Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is full of symbols the author utilizes to elaborate the theme of how dreams should be kept as dreams, for lusting over fantasies will not change the person you are and instead only lead to destruction. Fitzgerald demonstrates this with a green light at the end of a dock. It represents all that Gatsby has ever dreamed of and his ambition for materialistic things. Gatsby’s longed desperately for the green light and confined in it his hopes and his dreams. One night Nick curiously observe Gatsby reach out to the green light at the end of a dock. Nick states, “--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” (25-26). It can be argued that the green light represents the color of money, and he is reaching out to it in hopes of grasping riches. However, the reader later finds out that this is not just any dock;…show more content…
Gatsby’s only goal in life was to marry Daisy because he knew she would be the piece that would complete his fantasy and spent his days striving for it, forgetting then about the reality he was bound by. Nick began to reminisce as he was looking back at the life Gatsby had lived and said, “It eluded us then, but that 's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.. And one fine morning---” (189). Despite all of his hard work and accomplishments he was still not content at the end of the day, which then led him to have the inclination that he needed more riches. He failed to realize that this fantasy of his was essentially leading him nowhere but instead lead him to ruin. His obsession to reach the light brought comfort to him because he thought he was doing it all for

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