Representation of the Green Light in The Great Gatsby

by Sharla Hargis

Even though Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby was not widely reserved upon its release in the 1920s, it has proven to age well over the years making its way onto many high schools recommended reading list and being named one of the 21st centurys most influential books of modern times.

But why has The Great Gatsby only gotten better over time? Many scholars credit the diverse themes that remain relevant even today including the representation of social class, politics, identity, religion, and most popularly the representation of hope.

The depiction of this concept is represented in an interesting manner not only through the writing style of the book but also in the film techniques as shown in the 2013 adaptation. This content analysis will show that while the book the green light and hope are not necessarily interchangeable, however, in the film the two are used almost synonymously.


Michael Holliste