"Gatsby's magic emanates not only from its powerhouse poetic style -- in which ordinary American language becomes unearthly -- but from the authority with which it nails who we want to be as Americans. Not who we are; who we want to be. It's that wanting that runs through every page of Gatsby, making it our Greatest American novel . . . It's not the green light; it's Gatsby's reaching for it that's the crucial all-American symbol of the novel" (Corrigan).