The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1197 Words Apr 27th, 2016 5 Pages
F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, once said “It’s just that I feel so sad these wonderful nights. I sort of feel they’re never coming again and I’m not really getting all I could out of them.” Jay Gatsby from Fitzgerald’s book, and Gil Pender from Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris both feel as if though they should be happier in their seemingly wonderful lives; however they think they would be happier in another time. Gatsby wishes to recover the feelings he had in his youth when he was with Daisy, and Gil seems supremely nostalgic for an era where he imagines he might be understood. Yet the difference between the two characters is that Gil reconciles the fact that he will never capture true happiness living in the past while Gatsby never truly lets go of his dream of being with Daisy. Although Gatsby and Gil are initially obsessed with their dreams, Gatsby possessive addiction to his vision of Daisy condemns him into solitude, while Gil’s honesty about his current situation liberates him. Gatsby’s nostalgic nature and refusal to move forward with his life manifests itself in his pursuit of Daisy. Nick notices this facet of Gatsby when he says “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. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing…

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