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A symbol is defined as something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship association convention or accidental resemblance In the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald he uses the green light the East and West egg and TJ Eckleburg to show how the American Dream is present and affects each of the characters The American Dream is different for different people but in The Great Gatsby for Gatsby the dream is that through wealth and power one can achieve happiness The green light symbolizes Gatsbys American Dream Gatsby has spent his whole life looking for something better So he invented the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent and to this conception he was faithful to the end pg 29 Gatsby was so determined to make a better life for himself that he invented up someone he would like to be He did this all for money success acceptance and Daisy Yet no matter how much he acquires he never feels complete Even when he has his large house full of interesting people and all their attention he still longs for Daisy He created in his dreams for the future a place for her and he will not be content to have that gaping hole The green light suggests about the American Dream is that the American Dream is not material possessions although it may seem that way Gatsby only comes into riches so that he can fulfill his true American Dream Daisy Gatsby believed in the green light the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us It eluded us then but thats no matter-tomorrow we will run faster stretch out our arms farther pg158 In this quote Nick is connecting the green light to all people For everyone has something that they long and search for that is just off in the distance Fitzgerald uses the word
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