These words conclude the novel and find Nick returning to the theme of the significance of the past to dreams of the future, here represented by the green light. He focuses on the struggle of human beings to achieve their goals by both transcending and re-creating the past. Yet humans prove themselves unable to move beyond the past: in the metaphoric language used here, the current draws them backward as they row forward toward the green light. This past functions as the source of their ideas about the future (epitomized by Gatsby’s desire to re-create 1917 in his affair with Daisy) and they cannot escape it as they continue to struggle to transform their dreams into reality. While they never lose their optimism (“tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . .”), they expend all of their energy in pursuit of a goal that moves ever farther away. This apt metaphor characterizes both Gatsby’s struggle and the American dream itself. Nick’s words register neither blind approval nor cynical disillusionment but rather the respectful melancholy that he ultimately brings to his study of Gatsby’s life.
I recently read the Great Gatsby and I actually found myself to be entertained. Gatsby was a perfect representation of people wanting to live the “American Dream”. Even though the story wasn’t recently written, I still find it possible for people to relate to Gatsby’s story, specifically on how he had to struggle to get his wealth. There are a lot of students that want something better for their lives that they don’t already have; Gatsby’s life represents that perfectly. People also love a good romance, and the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy can definitely entertain students who want to read the book or see the movie. I think remaking the movie is a very good idea, because hands down “The Great Gatsby” is a classic story and I feel that a story as good as this deserves to be shown again in theaters. I really like how their trying to show how the jazz age was in the movie, while keeping it more modern at the same time with music from Jay Z, Jack White, Beyoncé, and Lana Del Ray. On top of that they decided to make the movie 3-D, which will really show how exciting Gatsby’s parties are as they are described in the book. I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie and I strongly feel like it could be one of the best movies of the year.