Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound.
The ferryboat gliding along the Long Island Sound illustrates the effect of Gatsby’s death on Nick’s perception of the world. The shore lights, once a symbol for Nick of beauty and possibility, have vanished with Gatsby. Only the light of the ferryboat can be seen in the darkness: possibly a symbol of Gatsby’s fleeting life and grandeur, or an imagistic echo of Charon’s boat in Greek mythology. Upon being shot, Gatsby drifted slowly and softly in his pool, much like the movement of the ferryboat—which, as darkness swallows the ugly world around Nick, sails beautifully away.
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