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Green Light in the Great Gatsby After the events of this story have unfolded the narrator Nick focuses on the man most like himself Gatsby Both Nick Carraway and Jay Gatz hail from the mid-west where morals and the right way of getting ahead are instilled into them They travel to New York where the morals are paper-thin and everything seems turned upside down The saps with morals stay in the ashheaps while the careless foolhardy upper society do what they please Nick stays true to the mid-west morals of an earnest hardworking living while Gatsby tries to be just like the others on East Egg Nick says this of him 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 furtherAnd one fine morning- 189 A central theme of the novel I think is the idea that people arent satisfied with what they have they are always going further and further never knowing when to stop and always striving for that bright star that seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it 189 To Gatsby the green light symbolizes Daisy Daisy in a way represents her peers in the same social strata as her Daisy is a fool living vicariously and so are the characters in this book The green light represents the wild and recklessness of the times These were times when women for the first time were drinking and smoking alongside the guys their war was over and so were their troubles The green light for them means go after most wars the economy experiences a boom this was no different They are cocksure thinking that whatever they do is right and they always push on They dont care what happens to others as long as they remain untouched and unrivaled This selfishness
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