The Great Gatsby

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Jason Yan

This passage is from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This passage is when Daisy and Gatsby finally meet again after 5 years and take a tour of Gatsby’s house. This really gives Gatsby hope of being with Daisy and further motivates him to make Daisy his. This passage is powerful because it shows corruption and social mobility. It is an example of corruption in order to achieve social mobility which is a very strong aspect of the American Dream.

Fitzgerald uses a few literary elements and devices in the passage to further showcase the American Dream.A literary element in this book is definitely character motivation. Gatsby is very motivated to be in love with Daisy.Fitzgerald uses the green light in the passage as a symbolism of Gatsby motivation to get Daisy. The green light is this light that Gatsby always see’s on the dock of Tom and Daisy’s home. Green is usually associated with the emotion of envy and jealousy. Gatsby says, “If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay,”. That color characteristic really embodies Gatsby’s feelings each time he stares at the home of Daisy and Tom across the bay. Then the text goes on to say, “Daisy put her arm through his abruptly, but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever.” When the text says that the green light might possibly have now vanished forever, it is refering to how in Gatsby’s eyes they are almost together already, but right after that Gatsby acknowledges that they aren’t together yet. “Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock.” After being suddenly so close to Daisy again, and feeling everything is going so well, reality soon hits Gatsby that Daisy is still with Tom and isn’t really completely Gatsby....
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