Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Past Has Passed “Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again” (Feinberg). The ideas expressed in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “anyone lived in a pretty how town” by E. E. Cummings reflect the message that this quote reveals. In The novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, the narrator, gives his personal account of the lives of Jay Gatsby, Jordan Baker, and Daisy and Tom Buchanan. These characters are extremely wealthy and careless inhabitants of Long Island involved in several love triangles during the 1920s. The poem “anyone lived in a pretty how town” depicts the lives of anyone and noone, a couple in love, amidst the someones and everyones that live in a pretty how town and go about their daily lives without really caring about anything. Both of these selections discuss the topic of time and, through their use of tone, diction, imagery, syntax, and symbolism, portray time as an indomitable element that will continue to progress; therefore, going through life holding on to a past dream is just setting oneself up for disappointment. Both Fitzgerald and Cummings discuss time with a realistic tone which is revealed through their diction. Both authors choose words that proclaim practicality when addressing the topic of time. Throughout the book the reader sees Gatsby trying to recreate the love he shared with Daisy in their past. This is evident on page 110:
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