Jay Gatsby

from The Great Gatsby

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Rich, Determined, Passionate, Mysterious,

Son of Henry C. Gatz

Lover of Daisy Buchanan, his Money, his Parties

Who feels angry at Tom, love for Daisy, happy that Daisy is in his life again.

Who needs Daisy in his life, a house near Daisy's, his Money

Who gives his heart to Daisy, his parties to people, his trust to Nick

Who fears that Daisy won't show up for tea, that Daisy will be punished for Myrtle's death, that he waited to long for Daisy

Who would like to see Daisy marry him, the green light , Daisy tell Tom she never loved him

Resident of West Egg, NY


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The Green Light

The green light at the end of Daisy's dock symbolizes Gatsby's dream of being with Daisy. A dream that seemed so close that there was no way it couldn't be accomplished. In chapter 1 he reaches out for the green light almost as if he was trying to grasp his dream and have it come true. It also represents his future.


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The color blue is around Gatsby just about the entire book. It is around him more than any other character in the book. His gardens are blue, his chauffeur wears blue, the water separating him and Daisy is the "blue lawn". I think the color blue symbolizes Gatsby's his illusions, or his dreams of unreality.



"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but thats no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther..."(9.182)

This quote is saying that Gatsby has a romantic fantasy of what life is like. Even though he never accomplished his dream, he is not distressed. He keeps trying for his dream, even against the odds. But in the end of the book he is left in the past with his initial goal of happiness.