Great emphasis is placed on the past throughout 'The Great Gatsby'. The past of five years ago comes to meet Daisy and Gatsby in the novel, drawing them both into an emotional extramarital affair based on only a memory of love they once shared. Jay Gatsby himself is haunted by the past, and the novel explores his attempts to regain "some part of himself that went into loving Daisy". He believes that he can take her back by repeating the events of five years ago- "'Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously.
In The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards and King Lear by William Shakespeare, the saying of time heals all wounds is proven to be false as seen through the lack of forgiveness, the tragic endings of the novel and the buildup of guilt. In both The Memory Keeper's Daughter and King Lear, the characters of David Henry and King Lear prove that with time they cannot forgive themselves for what they have done, nor can they have others forgive them. In The Memory Keeper's Daughter, David Henry gives away his new born daughter who is born with down syndrome. This is a “secret that stood in the middle of their family; it shaped their lives together” (Edwards 193). This situation is a very heavy weight for David to carry.
After five years of dwelling on his anger, Chris decides that he cannot stand human hypocrisy and disappears, attempting to teach his family a lesson as well. Billie McCandless As Chris’s mother, Billie is only briefly touched upon in the book by Krakauer, speaking on her relationship with Walt as a catalyst for Chris’s eventual rebellion. Chris includes her in his angry rejection of society, holding her responsible with his father for his father’s deeds. Though she isn’t often shown
This ended through Daisy’s love for wealthy men, which Gatsby is not at this point. He loses her which then spirals him into a long five year quest to reclaim her. He has to totally re-invent himself to achieve this goal. This then defines his first failure by losing the girl he loves; this then is the starting chain reaction to make the Jay Gatsby that is shown in the novel. At the start of the novel Nick, the main character, sees Gatsby standing looking at the east Egg dock where there is a green light that is barley visible.
In addition, Macbeth’s naivety was also responsible for the tragedies, and his own downfall. He was a literalist, and thus failed to decipher the Weird Sister’s prophecies above the literal sense. The Weird Sister’s words, such as ‘none of woman born shall harm Macbeth,’ were not meant to be taken literally. Macbeth’s inability to read into the hidden meanings was his fatal flaw. It caused him to carelessly believe in his own invincibility, and eventually resulted in his own
Autumn, in literature, frequently symbolizes the weakening of life. Fall is a melancholy time of dryness and crumbling decay, much like Gatsby when he loses Daisy for a second and final time. Also, when a dream dies, many deaths are sure to follow. Gatsby’s death was foreshadowed when his dream – the American Dream that he clung to for all his young adult life – was shattered. He died along with his hopes.
After two years of captivity he had found a new purpose for his life, to take out revenge upon the man, who had deluded his only source of human affection in his life. The physician was a person of wealth and intellect, who had married a much younger and beautiful woman, to compensate for his deformed image, and to have a companion who could offer him warmth, which he could not attain from reading all the books ever written at the time. Losing this person completely destroyed his world, which lead him to exchange one purpose of his life with another. It is true, that he had neglected his wife during their time together. But I do believe that his years in captivity made him appreciate her more, he had realized her worth.
It does, of course, which leads to the tragic demise of Lennie. This lays to rest the elaborate plan that George and Lennie, and later Candy, had of a better life. What little hope they had of achieving their comfortable little cottage and living off ‘the fatta’ the lan’’ is crushed the moment Lennie breaks Curley’s wife’s neck. This is, of course, a premature demise for Lennie, as well as Curley’s wife. It condemns George to living the life of every other hired hand, which is working for a month for fifty bucks, then just blowing it on whiskey and a whore, then repeating the process.
That’s one of [Gastby’s] little stunts” (133). Now that Daisy had found out the truth, she could not love Gatsby anymore for the actions that he’s done.