The Great Gatsby

The great gatsby chapeter 7

7. Nick wonders if the significance of the green light is lost to Gatsby now that he has met with Daisy.

Describe briefly what the green light has meant to Gatsby, and why it might be less significant now.

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The colour green is a significant symbol in this novel. We usually see green as growth, money, regeneration...For Gatsby, the green light is different, it makes him "tremble." The green light reminds him of Daisy. She is an illusion of new beginnings, love, longing and desire. Daisy of course is actually the opposite of any of these things but not for Gatsby. In Chapter one Nick watches Gatsby stretch out his arms towards this light as if it is a sign that he will find what he so desperately longs for. Now that the illusion has become real,Daisy is in front of him, Gatsby must deal with the real woman. Daisy is no longer the perfect dream of the green light, she is real and very imperfect.