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The Great Gatsby: Green Light effect in the novel in compari

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“And I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’ “You see I think everything’s terrible anyhow” (17).
The director shines the green light
The director show a man at the end of his porch looking at the green light
Difference in book and movie
”He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy” (110).
Gatsby realizes that his goal for Daisy was not as easy as he thought.
Emotional emphasis in movie.
Added power to the movie.
”’I can’t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her, old sport’” (150).
Gatsby is telling Tom his love story with Daisy.
Director Adaptation
Gatsby never stopped his pursuit.
The book does not bring in the green light, but movie does.
“’If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay[,,,] you always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock’” (92).
Fast forward to when Daisy and Gatsby have reunited and are at his house
Author's interpretation
Mist symbolism
Book emphasis compared to movie.
by Raymond Kazzazi
The Great Gatsby: Green Light effect in the novel in comparison to the movie.
The Green Light
The green light represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams
It is something that Gatsby could never reach
It gives the reader a sense that love is greater than money and that happiness cannot be bought
Gatsby’s past set up his future
“I had an idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would come, and perhaps he no longer cared” (161).
Book vs. Movie
The director interprets showing him with confidence would be better in order to show that he was truly faithful to her till the end
The green light flashes in this scene to add emphasis that the book couldn’t.
Symbolizes the hazy future and that the future is elusive.
This motif symbolizes that the green light not only represented the past but also the future and showed that the future is always tied to our dreams of the past.
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