The Great Gatsby, Chapter 4
In this week’s reading we become more intrigued with Jay Gatsby’s past and his former relationship with Daisy. Gatsby’s background seems implausible: Oxford educated, big game hunter, a decorated soldier in WWI, and hailing from a wealthy family in the Midwest. Although able to produce seeming proof of some of his accomplishments, Gatsby’s ties to bootleggers and organized crime cast further doubt on his tales of grandeur. Just as the appeal of Gatsby’s charm begins to wane, his long held feelings for Daisy wins us back. Gatsby’s unwavering love for Daisy survived through the war and seems to be the impetus for his quest for wealth and decadent surroundings.
The green light at the end of the dock returns in this chapter. Among other things, this distant light can symbolize the riches that Gatsby is unable to grasp; although surrounded by money, prestige, mystery and power, Gatsby is cannot have what he truly treasures – Daisy’s love.
Did you see other meanings in the green light? Is there any other symbolism that struck you in this chapter?
Until next week, Happy Reading!
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