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Old 19 February 2014, 03:25 PM
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But symbols are not things artists or writers "put into their work." They exist in the cultural community of the readers, which may or may not be shared by the writer, and which will differ depending on who is responding to the text at what time. It doesn't matter what Fitzgerald "meant" the green light to symbolize at the end of The Great Gatsby, except to the extent that it has meaning to characters within the book. If to those who read it, it means something else as well that Fitzgerald didn't consciously think of, that doesn't mean those readers are "overdoing" the symbolism. It just means it means something else to them.
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