The Great Gatsby is about Jay Gatsby, AKA James Gatz. Jay Gatsby grew up as a poor farm boy who managed to turn his life around and also managed to turn into a famous and rich man. Jay was killed after he had attempted to get back with the old love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, and had revealed that love is one of the most complex things to exist. The theme of this story is evident throughout the character of Gatsby and Daisy and when Gatsby was trying to confront Tom that Daisy did not truly love him when in reality, Daisy did love Tom.
- "He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced – or seemed to face the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey" (Fitzgerald 48)
- "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (Fitzgerald 79-80)
- "I felt that I had something to tell him, something to warn him about and morning would be too late" (Fitzgerald 147)
"But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room" (Fitzgerald 89-90)
"He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that." (Fitzgerald 1)
The Green Light
In The Great Gatsby, the green light represents Daisy's love for Jay. When Gatsby went to the end of his dock, he enjoyed to just stare at the green light on the end of Daisy's. Although, one day, Gatsby had come to the realization that Daisy no longer loved him and that she loved Tom Buchanan.
"If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." (Fitzgerald 117-118)