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The Great Gatsby

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The Green Light

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When Gatsby points out the green light on her dock to Daisy, Nick notes, “Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. 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 it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.”

What does Nick mean, and what has changed for Gatsby now?

A

In the evening mist, the green light was not as bright as it had once been. What Gatsby had considered a magical light in the distance was now just a dim glow over the water.

B

Gatsby was obsessed with having as much money as Daisy’s husband, Tom. Now that he had the money, he had no reason to envy Tom or to consider the green light a goal.

C

The green light had come to symbolize Daisy for Gatsby. Now he had her by his side, and the light was just a light across the water, no longer a symbol of his lost love.

D

They watched as Tom walked onto the dock on the other side of the water and put out the light. They knew then that he had seen them, and that Daisy’s marriage was in jeopardy.

E

Gatsby had installed his own light, on his own dock, which shone much brighter than the one at Daisy’s house. There was no magic to the light, he now realized. It was just a colored bulb.