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Great Gatsby Essay Option Two
F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby uses the color green to show the artificiality of the dream lived by Gatsby, and the motif of Gatsby’s car as Nick’s dream and how it covers the bleakness of the characters lives. Both Gatsby and Nick have a lot of ambitious hope at the start of the story. As the characters live for their dream, they start to see a little bit of the reality showing through their dreams and wonder how real their dream world is. Finally, the reality settles in and shows the characters how bland their lives really are. Fitzgerald then leaves the reader with two outcomes of the destroyed dream, death or acceptance of the blandness.

The characters embrace the dream at the start of The Great Gatsby. Nick moved out East to fulfill his dream of leaving his past behind and starting a new successful life. Nick wanted “to unfold the shining secrets that only Midas and Morgan and Maecenas knew. ” (Fitzgerald 6). Nick, wanting to follow his dream about becoming rich and successful, moved out East and placed himself in the rich neighborhood of West Egg. He sees Gatsby’s car and wants that status that Gatsby has. Gatsby, his neighbor, had pursued his dreams of a perfect life with Daisy. Gatsby “stretched out his arms toward... a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock.” (Fitzgerald 17). Gatsby was reaching for the green light that represented his dream of a perfect life with Daisy. Gatsby, unlike Nick devoted a lot more of his time and money into his dream. This devotion to his artificial dream defined Gatsby’s life. As the characters continue to pursue their dreams they began to realize that the dream might not be as good as they imagined it to be.

Once the characters start to live out their dreams they began to see that even when they achieve their dream it would not be as perfect as they envisioned it. Gatsby's dream finally was starting to come true. He was able to get...
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