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Great Gatsby Essay

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  • on August 10, 2015
  • Category: English
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Throughout the story, Gatsby has difficulty accepting that the past is over and done with. Where do you find evidence of his trying to recapture the past? What does this say about him? Should people live their lives yearning for something in the past? Why or why not?

          In this world it is evident that some people tend to live in the past or wish for the past to return simply because they believe things were better back then. This is notably seen in many movies and novels as well. The novel called “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald has one of the most famous examples of this concept, portrayed in one of the main characters in novel, Gatsby.
Gatsby is first seen as this mysterious man of wealth with tons of rumors contemplating how he obtained this much wealth. Later we find out how he acquired this wealth and why he did so. Gatsby wanted to get back together with Daisy. In the past their relationship didn’t work out because when they first met he was still poor. Gatsby devoted his whole life to becoming rich and getting Daisy back. As seen throughout this entire novel Gatsby has great trouble with letting go of the past.
            The first case where we see this occurring is in the first chapter, when the novel introduces him while he is looking at the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”. We discover he that he got all of this money and wealth because of Daisy, as she said in chapter five “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys”. This caused him to think that just because he has money she will take him back when faced with this decision. In fact, Gatsby simply refuses to take in that she is now married to Tom and has a...

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