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Let the Light Show the Way F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is read in many college level English courses The importance of Fitzgeralds writing is derived from his mastery of incorporating figurative language into his work Throughout The Great Gatsby there are many examples of Fitzgeralds use of symbolism and imagery Fitzgerald uses symbolism to show certain qualities that surround each character Many of the symbols in The Great Gatsby are associated with colors which effectively compounds their importance Almost every character or event in Fitzgeralds novel is described by particular colors therefore adding meaning to events that are taking place Fitzgerald uses the color green in many descriptions of Gatsbys possessions and of Gatsby himself The most important symbolic use of the color green is in association with the light on the end of Daisys dock The green light that is seen throughout the novel has important an important symbolic position in the plot What symbolic meaning does the green light have in Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald uses the green light to symbolize Gatsbys quest for Daisy The green light is first seen at Gatsbys introduction to the story The significance of the green light is quickly seen when Nick encounters Gatsby on his dock with his arms stretch seaward trembling in the direction of a single green light minute and far away that might have been the end of a dock 26 This gesture by Gatsby shows that the green light is something of importance to him it is in effect a personal symbol of something As the plot progresses more and more details of Gatsbys and Daisys relationship emerge It becomes clear when Gatsby visits the Buchanans home that the green light symbolizes Daisy Gatsby visits the Buchanans home Fitzgerald shows the connection between the green light and Daisy when Gatsby at the Buchanans waterfront says Im right across the bay from you 124 It is then obvious that Gatsby
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