The Great Gatsby – The Green Light The green light is the vision of his goal: to have Daisy. In a world where Gatsby could essentially obtain anything with his money, Daisy presented a challenge to him, because even she could not be purchased. But when, at last, Gatsby believes that Daisy is his, he no longer idolizes her. Now that he realizes he has her, she is no longer desirable. We come to this presumption when Gatsby states, ” Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy (the green light) 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.” Therefore the green light has no more symbolic meaning to him, and neither does Daisy. I don’t believe that in our world today that we have an object that universally symbolizes the same meaning as the green light did. The green light was physically close to him but he thought he could never actually have it, “it” meaning Daisy. Money could be viewed in the same sense.
In our society money is everywhere, but for most of us it is difficult to acquire all that is wanted. It is like the saying, “So close but yet so far away.” There is money everywhere we go, but it’s hard to get it. We can’t just rob a bank, we have to earn our own assets. And in the same context, Gatsby could not go kidnap Daisy, he had to woo her and win her love.