Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Gods of Greek mythology condemned Sisyphus to forever roll a boulder up a hill, only to have it continually fall back down the hill before he could finish his task. This eternity of progression followed by regression is seen not only in the death of a mythological character, but throughout life as well. Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, and Nick from The Great Gatsby, and even 1920’s society itself, move both forward and backward simultaneously as they navigate the waters of life. F. Scott Fitzgerald addresses this aphorism throughout the novel, and his final lines summarize it succinctly: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (Fitzgerald, 189). F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the main characters in his novel, The Great Gatsby, to portray the ebb and flow of life, and how different choices can affect one’s progression, a pattern mirrored in 1920’s society.
Jay Gatsby, the rich gangster formerly known as James Gatz, moves both forward and back as he tries to recreate his relationship with Daisy. At first, his intentions are kind and caring, albeit excessive. He throws lavish parties in hopes of meeting Daisy and invites her to tea, hoping to imitate their romantic past. He goes too far, however, and becomes obsessed with his fanatical expectations of their relationship: “He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy” (Fitzgerald, 117). As soon as he…

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