30th June 2017

Language Features

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter –tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning -So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

1.The orgastic future represents Gatsby’s hope for the future that he has huge expectations for. This relates to the green light that he thought his future would involve Daisy and him getting back together. However as time passes Gatsby slowly realises the truth of his future.

2.This line shows the idea of Gatsby chasing his dream of being with Daisy. The point being that you can chase your dream to a particular point where all of a sudden you think you are so close to your aim and you end up back at square 1. We cannot decide the future and neither could Gatsby. For example when he died in his pool at the end of the story, he thought he had Daisy, waiting for her call. He thought he was so close, and all at once his dream was snatched away from him in a matter of seconds.

3. This line shows how once your dream is gone you must move on, because life goes on. However in Gatsbys case life didn’t go on for him. However the people he knew continued with their lives, selfishly not paying any tribute to their now deceased friend. Daisy moved on, in fact she moved away for a series of months, continuing life as a mother and wife as Gatsby did not exist. This was an example of Daisy beating on with life.

4. This line is outlining the fact that you cannot go back, no matter how hard you try life picks you up and takes you with it. What you do in the past will be existent forever.

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