Use Of Light In The Great Gatsby

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Light often comes from a lamp. Mostly, it comes from the sun. Sometimes, it comes from within. In The Great Gatsby, light is shown through the story. First, the author shows this through the seasons and the light displayed through them. Then, he shows the light that shines through hope at proud moments. Finally, he shows how the wonderful mood of love shines bright with light. Throughout this novel, The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, the imagery of light is shown through the mood of the story.
The first way the author shows the symbol of light is through the wonder of seasons and sunlight. "When he realized what I was talking about, that there were twinkle-bells of sunshine in the room, he smiled like a weatherman, like an ecstatic patron of recurrent light, and repeated the news to Daisy." (Fitzgerald 89). The good light shown here is found by analyzing the weather. Sunshine is a weather pattern often associated with good things, and Fitzgerald takes advantage of this …show more content…

As Fitzgerald wrote in the book, "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning——,” (Fitzgerald 180). This is a quote that inspires hope. It tells us that someday we could run faster and do even greater things. In the same quote about hope, the green light is mentioned. The light is explained through this hope of a better day. Barbara Will explained this quote by saying, “What matters to Gatsby is what matters to "us"; Gatsby's story is "our" story; his fate and the fate of the nation are intertwined. That Gatsby "turned out all right in the end" is thus essential…” (Will) The light, which symbolizes hope, mattered to Gatsby, and she explains that that should also matter to us. Gatsby turned out okay, so others who believe in the hope that light symbolizes should be okay as

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