Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1421 Words May 12th, 2016 6 Pages
New York City, home to some of the most dangerous men and women, recklessly careening their way through the world and never looking back. Tearing up anything they can, any sort of compassion or love, they destroy while making it look graceful somehow. Turning innocence into treacherousness and ruining all things pure. The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an extraordinary piece of art that offers readers an inside look on the secret lives of New York’s finest. Fitzgerald gives his readers a different perspective on wealth, marriage, relationships, forgiveness, and more. One of the most illuminating episodes in the plot, however, is when Gatsby becomes angrily excited after Nick tells him that he cannot repeat the past. This moment between Nick and Gatsby reveals, like the rest of the novel as a whole, how wealth, dreams, and power can result in desolate existence.
Jay Gatsby is clearly known as an extremely rich man throughout the novel, many aspects of his life are revealed, but his wealth and fortune remain a mystery for the majority of the plot. Gatsby is very caught up on “repeating the past”, at this point, it becomes obvious as to why. When Nick states, “He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself that had gone into loving Daisy”, he proves that Gatsby is so lost in his life, despite all of his wealth, that he needs to get pieces of himself back that he lost while loving her. Jay Gatsby…

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