We see how much he yearns for Daisy with the repetitive mentioning of the green light. There is a green light at the end of Daisy's dock that Gatsby reaches out to. The green light could signify Daisy but it could also be associated back to the American Dream. Light or a beacon can be a symbol for hope, which makes up much of the American Dream. Gatsby has so much hope in winning Daisy and this explains his patience. He throws his parties to attract Daisy. His entire wealth that he worked for is to attract Daisy.
The novel is a grim reminder that success is an untamed monster that only the strong will endure. Another important symbol is the valley of ashes that comes from the industrial waste of the city. The city life, the rich life, is literally eating away the land that they live on. The pursuit for "happiness" is eating away the pursuer. The rich characters in the novel, Gatsby, Daisy and Tom, are so messed up and this is the effect of wealth.
If you think that the American Dream is dead and gone because it's 2015, you're dead wrong. It isn't called the American Dream anymore. It's so normal for us now that it's just called a dream. Coincidentally, Leonardo DiCaprio also starred in the film The Wolf of Wall Street that had practically the same view on wealth and was set during the 80's. And what about now? There are so many people who are wealthy and yet you question the damage that happens when this wealth is spent. What damage comes along when being that rich? Sometimes they lose themselves. Sometimes they lose others.
As teenagers of today, I don't see much of us setting wealth as our number one goal in life. I see a lot of us think more on being stable as well being happy. Media has always shown the ugliness in wealth but I think in this generation, we finally hear and understand it. With the help of technology, we're also desensitized and we know that there is something missing that neither the newest iPhone or Nikes can fill in. I just wonder what kind of society we will make in the future when the thing that we're aiming for isn't money.
It isn't Gatsby's wealth that makes him so great and I think that what's F. Scott Fitzgerald is trying to say. It's ambition and hope that makes Gatsby great. I guess that's the biggest tip about success Fitzgerald can give in his novel. Money doesn't make you great.
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