The Great Gatsby

Describe Gatsby the first time Nick sees him.

What rumors have been told about Gatsby? Why does Fitzgerald reveal rumors rather than fact? What does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him?

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When the reader first sees Gatsby, he is reaching toward the green light ­ something that, by definition, he cannot grasp. In this scene, Fitzgerald wholly sacrifices realism in favor of drama and symbol: the green light stands for the as-yet-nameless object for which Gatsby is hopelessly striving.Gatsby is trembling towards the green light: he trembles for the illusion of Daisy.