Another example of the never ending hamartia of always wanting more is shown through the above stated thesis. For example, while looking across the bay to the other dock Fitzgerald says, “now it was again a green light on a dock. His count for enchanted objects had diminished by one” (Fitzgerald 93). The quote symbolizes the disparity created in Gatspy’s mind by the never ending greed of the world. The self- created hamartia of always wanting more is the catalyst to his plight. The quote as a whole is an example of a microcosm of what happens in the world today. Human instincts are what drive an individual toward the constant greed of always wanting a little more. This is a psychological approach which has been engrained in the minds of the great masses; to be fair it is this approach which does in the end lead to innovation and progress as a whole.
Another reason that obtaining happiness through material possessions is a meaningless endeavor is shown through Gatsby’s loss of a once dear object. For example, Fitzgerald writes that “now it was once again a green light on a dock. His [Gatsby’s] count of enchanted objects had diminished by one” (93). The green dock light had once been a symbol of envy and jealousy n Gatsby’s part. He was envious of Tom for marrying Daisy; he was jealous she could not be at his side. However, once he gets the opportunity of meeting her once again, it is as if the intense desire to be graced with her company has faded. It is the loss of meaning on the green light’s part that indicates that Gatsby no longer hold Daisy’s company as dear as before. Daisy has simply turned into an object to be collected. Gatsby attempts to find happiness by seeking the object of his desire, but once he gains what he seeks, the possession loses its meaning. The loss of importance in acquired items serves to show the flaw in the American Dream. Constantly aiming to attain more only leaves one with a hollow sense of accomplishment. That is to say, there is no happiness to be gained through materialism.
Another example that certain environments reflect ones mood is when Gatsby is on the dock staring out towards the light at the end of Daisy's dock. For example, when Gatsby is on the edge of the dock staring out into the distance he was actually staring at the light. The light was described when Nick said " now it was again a green light on a dock. his count of enchanted objects had diminished by one"(Fitzgerald 93). In this part of the text the green light being emitted by Daisy's dock is a reflection of Gatsby's feelings. Green is the universal colour for envy or wealth , and Gatsby exhibits both these feelings. Gatsby is a very wealthy man and is satisfied because he no longer sees the green light the same. The green light was once a reminder of what he did not have but now it is a reminder of what he now has, that being Daisy Buchanan.The environment that Gatsby is seen in at this point is shown that the environment is reflecting the feelings that he is having.
Another reason why the American Dream is a fleeting goal can be demonstrated is when Gatsby is looking across the bay with Daisy. For example, Fitzgerald states, "now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one" (Fitzgerald 93). This quote is significant because Gatsby got his goal, Daisy, but now it means nothing. The green light returned to what it was, a green light. It holds no meaning to Gatsby anymore and it does not represent his envy like it once did. Humans strive for more all the time. Once they obtain that goal, they have new ones. Nothing is ever enough and this is displayed in the novel. There is a point when humans cannot obtain more than they have and this will be the catalyst that will lead to their own demise.
Another reason that happiness is short lived can be shown through the end of Gatsby's visit with Daisy. For example, Fitzgerald states "now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one" (Fitzgerald 93). This quote is significant because it displays how the smallest turn of events can make the biggest difference. It demonstrates that reality has set in and the memory of happiness has slowly faded away. The realisation of the real world is the cause of this sadness.
Another reason why love can destroy a person is shown through Gatsby's loss of Daisy. For example Fitzgerald states "now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one" (Fitzgerald, 93). Gatsby is consumed by the idea that he must have Daisy and he must prove to her that he is more worth loving than Tom. Gatsby has gone to great lengths to be close to Daisy and to impress her with all these wonderful objects. Despite his best efforts his enchanted objects count has gone down by one in the realization Daisy may never truly be willing to love him like she used to.
Another demonstration that proves how the nonacceptance of change can hold great impact on the quality of one's life. This is displayed when Gatsby states "now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of objects diminished by one" (93). The quote cited demonstrates how nothing truly lasts forever. By Gatsby reaching the conclusion that Daisy would never love him like she used to, hope was lost. Gatsby took this realization, instead of accepting the fact of change with the beloved Daisy and allowed it to affect him in not only draining ways but also leading him to unrealistic dreams.
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