What Does The Green Light Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Lauren Collette Mrs. Gatto English 12 CP 6 October 2014 Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is defined as the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. When used correctly, symbolism adds depth and meaning to a story making it complete. The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald is filled with symbolism. Fitzgerald intricately incorporated symbolism into the story’s plot and structure. One of the major symbols in The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald’s use of colors, specifically the green light on the dock across the bay from Gatsby’s mansion. Fitzgerald introduces the green light at the end of chapter one when Nick is watching Gatsby on the dock. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from
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