Great Gatsby Essay

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The novel Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the story of the man Jay Gatsby. Gatsby was born and raised as a farm boy with the ambitions of a war hero and wealthy businessman. Along the way he encountered a young women Daisy. Daisy was born wealthy and lives in east egg while Jay recently acquired and lives in west egg. Although they are from different worlds, Gatsby falls in love with Daisy is forever mesmerized by her class and beauty. Gatsby's ambition, wishful thinking and belief in never ending love allowed him to fight for Daisy until the end. Jay Gatsby is a hopeless romantic stuck living in the past. He lives through the memory of when him and Daisy in love. These memory’s cloud his actual emotions and ruin his judgement. Gatsby reminisces on the good times with Daisy, “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God (110).” This memory is the reason for many of Jay’s impulsive decisions like buying the house directly across from Daisy. He still believes that him and Daisy will get back together and everything will be same as it was in the past. His neighbor Nick tries to convince him that his dream is impractical "You can't repeat the past", and Gatsby answers "why of course you can!" (116). Gatsby refuses to listen to anybody because he is stuck in the past, living off of memories. He was so happy at this point in his life so by living in the past he thinks he will be just as happy.The memories give Gatsby the drive to keep pursuing her even when his better judgement tells him that they are not meant to be. Gatsby's Judgement is also clouded by his imagination. He ponders “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his

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