And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter IX) on Rap Genius


To Gatsby, Daisy embodies the American Dream of worldly success due to her wealth, high social class, and extravagant lifestyle. The color of the light on her dock, which Nick associates with the “fresh green” of the “New World” that greeted European sailors, symbolizes the innocence and purity of that dream — ironic, given the extent to which it corrupts both those born into it (Tom, Daisy) and those who struggle to attain it (Gatsby).

Nick’s quote about “looking at the world from a single window” applies here.

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