In the novel, The Great Gatsby, there were many symbols used to resemble the characters ideas and the novel’s story line. Some very important symbols throughout the book were Dr. T.J Eckleburg’s eyes, the green light, the valley of ashes, and the colors. I thought that the most important symbol explained in this novel was the green light. The green light was mentioned numerous times throughout the story and stuck with us while we tried to figure out if Gatsby was right for Daisy. The green light sounds like something not worth writing about, but it is really the most important symbolic feature of the whole novel.
The green light was just a simple light visible from Jay Gatsby’s house. This light was on a dock across the bay separating west egg and east egg. Even though this light seemed insignificant, it was really so important to Gatsby. Jay Gatsby purposely bought the house straight across from the green light so he could look out and see his ideal loves home. The green light resembles Gatsby’s struggle between wealth and his dreams. It represents how much he loves Daisy and how he wants things to be like they used to be. We first started hearing about this light at the end of chapter one where it says, “ Involuntary I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been at the end of a dock.” (Fitzgerald 21) In this first quote we see that Gatsby is reaching out for the light or almost worshiping it, but he seems a little unsure. This is the beginning of Gatsby’s struggle with his wealth and his dreams.
In Chapter 4, Nick realizes that Gatsby has true feelings for Daisy. He realizes that Gatsby must love her if he bought the house across the bay from her. Nick says, “It was a strange coincidence, I said.” “But it wasn’t a coincidence at all.” “Gatsby bought the house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” (Fitzgerald 78) Gatsby bought the house because he has