The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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When was the last time you were told to forget the past and live in the moment? In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is trying to re-enact the past to get back his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. He wants Daisy back, but is also only relying on the memories that he has of her, after not seeing each other for five years. He will do anything for her and he has resolved to become as wealthy as he can to win her over. Through the development of the characters and progress of the novel, we can see how relying on your past and its memories can be more detrimental than advantageous.

The primary example of Gatsby trying to recapture the past is him trying to reunite with Daisy so that they can be together once again. He wants everything to be like how it was before the war and wants Daisy to love him instead of being married to Tom Buchanan. After Nick Carraway tells Gatsby that things will never be the same between him and Daisy, he says: “Can’t repeat the past? He cried incredulously. Why of course you can!” This quote displays that Gatsby doesn’t want to get over Daisy, he wants everything to be like it was before. Gatsby also ignores the fact that Daisy has since married Tom and shows Tom no respect in that regard. During an argument, Gatsby yells: “She never loved you, do you hear?” Gatsby shows that Tom and Daisy’s marriage is worthless and that he doesn’t matter. In addition to Gatsby indirectly stating that Tom doesn’t matter, he also forces Daisy…

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