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A Light of Optimism Gatsby believed in the green light the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before It eluded us then but thats no matter - tomorrow we will run faster stretch our arms furtherSo we beat on boats against the current borne ceaselessly into the past In his provocative novel The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald emphasizes the many themes that are relevant to its time period as well as life itself One of Fitzgeralds main themes the green light is one of the multifarious pieces of symbolism in the novel The green light represents an ambition that people long and search for which in this case is visible but utterly unreachable The green light is the search for our dreams hope and promise for our future Fitzgerald construes Jay Gatsby as an envious jealous man who is pursuing an ambition that is being driven by his lost love in the past The green light is a symbol for Gatsbys life Before Jay made his wealth he was being raised in an impoverished family in North Dakota Growing up on a farm he had early aspirations of becoming a wealthy respected man When Gatsby became a young military officer in Louisville before he left to fight in World War One he fell in love with not only a women but her wealth surroundings and charm Inferior because of Daisys wealth Gatsby set out a goal to receive an education and wealth to win Daisy over Though Gatsby made his wealth through organized crime Gatsbys doughty effort to become wealthy was what simply made Gatsby great Gatsby made his first appearance in the book by walking out towards the bay overlooking Daisys dock Over the dock shines a green light where Gatsby reaches out for during the night he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way and far
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