The Great Gatsby Flower Analysis

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Jay Gatsby is a man determined to accomplish the so-called “American Dream” and will do anything he can to do so. He chases both wealth and Daisy, the girl of his dreams. Gatsby is under the impression that he can repeat the past to achieve his idealistic life: however, Gatsby is wrong. Gatsby and Daisy used to be madly in love, but five years passed, and their relationship is different, despite what Gatsby believes. In the novel The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the leitmotif of flowers to prove that one can never recreate the past; like a flower, people, relationships, and things are continuously growing and changing and can never return to the way they once were. Flowers lose their innocence and beauty as time goes on, and are used to disguise corruption with beauty. Orchids, a type of flower commonly used by Fitzgerald, are synonymous with strength, power, and virility. Gatsby relies on Daisy for his strength and power, as a flower relies on water for sustenance. When Gatsby points out a “gorgeous, scarcely
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So when Gatsby is told he can’t repeat the past, and he replies, “‘Why of course you can’” (Fitzgerald 117) he is very wrong. Daisy lost her purity; maybe she lost it because of Tom, or because of her never ending supply of wealth, but it’s gone. And when a flower begins to die and loses its petals, one can’t glue those petals back on--the petals are forever gone-- just like Daisy’s innocence. As each petal falls because of things like Tom’s temper, and Tom’s mistresses, Daisy’s corruption thickens. Daisy lets Gatsby take the blame and die for killing Myrtle, and Fitzgerald emphasizes Daisy’s immorality by adding that upon hearing of Gatsby’s death, “Daisy hadn’t sent a message or a flower” (Fitzgerald 185). Daisy’s innocent flower is so far gone that she doesn’t possess any care or compassion anymore. Gatsby dies thinking Daisy

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