Analyze the light references in Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby.Light references, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3.

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In the beginning of Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby's house is being readied for a party. Nick's references often include descriptions of color. In this case, he starts with "enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby's enormous garden." He continues with describing the food, "glistening hors d'oeurve" and "turkeys bewitched to a dark gold." Next he described the rooms as he entered them, "gaudy with primary colors." Finally "the lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun." These colors seem to move from their base state into a brighter and brighter state as time goes on. As the brightness increases, inhibitions fade and more people play, dance, sing and just enjoy the life of the party.

I think another note worth notice in this part of the book is that this is a party. Things should feel light and happy. We haven't really seen the conflict of the story arise yet.

Beyond that, eNotes attached analysis contains information about the color yellow, a light color, and we learn more about the light at the end of the dock, symbolizing Daisy.


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