Foreshadowing, as used by Fitzgerald, is an excellent writing device that keeps readers engaged! At the conclusion of chapter 1, Nick spots Gatsby on the beach trembling. He was reaching out into the distance and towards a green light. Gatsby disappeared into “the restless darkness” sooner than planned.
He extended out his arms in a curious manner toward the dark water. It is how the narrative with the foreshadowing element begins. Nick continues, saying that he “could see nothing but a solitary green light, tiny and distant,” adding that it looked like someone’s dock. And then, just as quickly as Gatsby had appeared, he vanished into thin air.
In the novella, Nick hasn’t yet met Gatsby. He doesn’t know anything about himself or his objectives. This encounter, on the other hand, has important symbolism and portends future events. The green light is, in fact, a real structure at the end of the dock. Daisy and Tom live on the other side of the creek, and Daisy replies to Gatsby: “It’s always there for you.”
Daisy is smitten with Gatsby, and the light becomes a sign of hope. It’s also an indication that he has lost his love for Daisy when he reaches out to the water. It also implies that there will be no happy ending for Gatsby and Daisy. When Gatsby vanishes into the night, it’s a signal of what lies ahead for him. He has never been able to attain his aim or happiness with the one he loves most.
Gatsby rushed into the pool and vanished, leaving me again all alone in the restless darkness. Gatsby cast himself into it and vanished, leaving me once more all alone on the rocky coast, the black water stretched out its arms in an uncertain way toward Gatsby sank beneath the waves, leaving me lonely once more in this strange place.