The Great Gatsby Themes

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Recreating the Past I believe that the most important theme in The Great Gatsby is the desire to recreate the past. The whole book revolves around this topic. Gatsby's life revolves around this topic. There would be no story without it. Gatsby's life is constantly moving forward just like everyone else's. But is he moving along with it? It seems to me that Gatsby lives to recreate the past. His life changed a great deal after Daisy married another man. Gatsby was left in the dust because he didn't have the type of money to support her. Gatsby knew what he had to do to get her back. He knew that he needed to become rich to support her and give her the life of luxury that she wanted. On page 110 Gatsby says, "'I‘m going to fix everything just the way it was before,‘ he said, nodding determinedly. 'She‘ll see'" If you think about it, Gatsby is moving forward to essentially go right back. Is it even possible to recreate the past? According to Gatsby, it is very possible. "'Can't repeat the past?' He cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!'"(pg. 110) says Gatsby himself. Even though Daisy is married and has a family of her own, Gatsby believes that she will go back to him. As crazy as it sounds, he really thinks that just because he is now rich, him and Daisy will get back together like they were in the past. Out of all the themes, the desire to recreate the past is the most relevant to Fitzgerald's life, in my opinion. He fell in love with women and watched them marry rich men because he was poor. He too had to move on with his life and become rich in order to become an eligible suitor for past loves. The last line in the book, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."(pg. 180), seems to be coming directly from the heart. That's how Fitzgerald felt about his own life. In fact, that's how Fitzgerald felt about
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