The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

2020 Words Jun 17th, 2016 9 Pages
The past is defined as a period of time that has gone by and no longer exists. However, individuals refuse to see that the past has already gone by, and perceive the past as an outline for the present and future. Fixation on the past influences perception of reality and relationships with others. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway narrates the love story between ex-lovers Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby’s main focus is to win back Daisy, who is already married, through status and wealth. Their continued, yet unrealistic, love story inevitably ends with the tragic death of Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby’s life is based on his inability to escape his past with Daisy Buchanan, causing his life to be unsatisfying.
The past haunts Gatsby’s throughout his whole life. Throughout Nick Carraway’s time in New York, he notices this and in the first scene, reflects on the past. Nick remembers fond memories of Gatsby. Gatsby is a dreamer, and always set goals for himself. Gatsby is charismatic and a gentleman. Nick admires Gatsby and focuses on his hopefulness for the world. As Nick Carraway flashes back, he remembers his character, but also what creates it. … it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my…

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