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In chapter one why does Gatsby reach out to the water? When gatsby is reaching out to...

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big-d | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2007 at 9:17 AM via web

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In chapter one why does Gatsby reach out to the water?

When gatsby is reaching out to the water and trembling

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 14, 2007 at 9:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Because across the water is Daisy, and he wants her so badly he can't hold still.

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abrown | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 20, 2007 at 4:02 AM (Answer #2)

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Well, he’s really reaching toward the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He is reaching out towards what he longs for the most, Daisy. The green light represents his love and longing for her. So if he is reaching out for the green light, then he is reaching for Daisy. The real question would be—What does Daisy represent to Gatsby? And the answer to this question is far more complicated. She represents all the he wants and that eludes him. She represents love, money, wealth, respect, and beauty. In essence, she represents the American Dream. What Gatsby is reaching out for is the same thing we all are—hope in something greater than ourselves.

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