An Interpretation of The Great Jay Gatsby
As many authors tend to do, symbolism is used a great deal in this work. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, this no exception. The author dramatically employs significant symbols in this novel such as the color green , the color white, and Gatsby himself.
Gatsby himself is a reoccurring symbol is Gatsby himself and his representation of an idealistic dream. Gatsby tries to relive the past by chasing after the golden girl he believes (based on the past) will complete him. Gatsby says, “can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can.” (116). Gatsby’s life is dedicated to recapturing Daisy and the love that they once shared. Gatsby cares not about the possible or moral right, but instead focuses o his idyllic version of life with Daisy. Gatsby’s unattainable goals and his cold-blooded murder symbolize the naïve desire to capture the past.
The color green was the symbol for hope. Myrtle was run down by a light green car, when this happens all hope is lost. The color green enters as hope and exits as murder. The green light is a multi-faceted piece of symbolism in the book. It’s most obvious interpretation is symbolic Gatsby’s longing for Daisy, but that is too simplistic. Daisy is part of it, but the green light means so much more. Gatsby has spent his whole life longing for something better like money, success, acceptance, and Daisy. No matter how much he has he never feels complete. Even when he has his large house full of interesting people and all of their attention. “Anyhow he gives big parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there is no privacy.” (49). He created in his dream for the future a place for her, and he will not be content to have that gaping hole. The green light shines from East Egg enticing Gatsby towards what he has always wanted. Daisy the woman that he has always wanted, lives in East Egg. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes...