F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay examples

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One of Jay Gatsby’s most prominent characteristics is his obsession with the past and his perseverance in returning there. The last page in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, focuses on Nick’s final analysis of Gatsby and why he was unable to obtain his ultimate goal-- Daisy. In doing so, Nick uses Gatsby as an archetype for humanity and its constant struggle with lingering in the past. The passage is written after Gatsby is killed by Mr. Wilson and his funeral is attended by only Nick and Gatsby’s father. Nick writes this chapter as he travels back to the West, and is able to look back on his time in the East with Gatsby objectively. The night before Nick leaves East Egg, he ventures back to Gatsby’s house to reminisce on his adventure. In this passage, Fitzgerald conveys Gatsby’s failure as a result of human incapability to move beyond the past, while creating a contrast to the original “American Dream”. Fitzgerald begins by comparing Gatsby to the first Dutch settlers and their view of the same land; they both possessed the same hope and optimism, although for different reasons. The settlers saw “a fresh, green breast of the new world”, just as Gatsby saw the green light. The color green is used throughout the book to symbolize opportunity and future. Gatsby hoped that Daisy would be his future just as the Dutch settlers hoped that this land would be theirs. Fitzgerald writes that the men were “face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate…

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