Throughout the book, Gatsby tries to overcome his past of being poor in New York City and succeeds in the "American Dream" by being able to afford "a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thing beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden"(Fitzgerald 5). Everyone talks about the American Dream as being very famous and rich but thats not what reality is. Most foreigners think that everyone in America live life the easy way with a luxurious lifestyle but there are a lot of people who live ordinary lives. In the story, Fitzgerald uses the green light as a symbol to portray Gatsby's hopes and dreams for his love life with Daisy. As Gatsby is sitting on a dock he "glances seaward--and distinguishe[s] nothing except a single green light, minute and far away"(Fitzgerald 21). He is reaching for something that is too far out of his reach but something that he can imagine. Gatsby never ending love for Daisy makes him continue to strive for his wealth through hard work and determination.