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What does this quote from The Great Gatsby mean? " Now it was again a green light on a...

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mpumpkin | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM via web

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What does this quote from The Great Gatsby mean? " Now it was again a green light on a dock.  His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one." 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Before Gatsby was reunited with Daisy, he spent significant amounts of time and energy dreaming of the day when he would be with her again. As he built up hopes and fantasies, he often spent time gazing into the distance - searching for the connection that would bring her back into his life, imagining how the forces in the universe could end their separation.

Standing on the porch of his mansion and looking across the water separating West Egg from East Egg, Gatsby had been aware of a green light across the water. Having learned that the light was located on the dock belonging to the house where Daisy lived, Gatsby is amazed, almost envious, at the proximity of that light to the object of his longings for all that time.

Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon.

Now, however, there no longer was any special meaning associated with the light. Daisy was back in his life, standing next to him, and the light - no longer his only connection with Daisy - could return to being merely "a green light on a dock."

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