“If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay,” said Gatsby. “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.”
If the symbolism of the green light wasn’t clear enough to the reader, Gatsby has essentially told Daisy that when he sees the green light, he thinks about her; that the green light is a symbol for Daisy, which is his greatest desire.
It’s also interesting that the green light, and Daisy’s home, is currently obscured by the mist. Her “other life,” the home she shares with Tom Buchanan, is, at least temporarily, literally and figuratively invisible.
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