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Green in The Great Gatsby

             To move or proceed forward and to progress. Throughout life, when someone hits a bump in the road generally the best thing to do is move forward and to get over it. However, unlike ordinary life, the meaning of green is interpreted differently in F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby. Here, the color green is evident throughout the entire novel. With the use of enchanting and mystifying language green is intertwined into Gatsby's life and embodies his objective to win Daisy over. It is represented in many instances, however the most significant being the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. This light symbolizes all of Gatsby's hopes and dreams. It represents everything that haunts and entices him whether it is the gap between the past and the present with the promises of the future, his relationship with Daisy, or the powerful lure of the wafer-thin leafy colored paper we call money. .
             Throughout Gatsby's life he has always aspired a goal, whether that would be in the past, the present, or for the future. For the duration of the novel Gatsby aims to recover the past so he can enhance the present to make the future what he desires all this time. He believes that he can accomplish this as he says to Nick, "Can't repeat the past?.Why of course you can!" (Fitzgerald 110). Here Gatsby clearly thinks that the present can mirror the past, however in reality not one moment can ever be repeated in exact detail. Moreover, is his "past" is his idea of Daisy what he really thinks it was or just some idea in his head? Nick begins to pick up on this and after there discussion on page 110, further down he relates, "He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy." (110). It becomes more obvious what he dreams to have, but then after the thought Nick continues, "His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was.

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