The Importance Of Time In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Time is an unstoppable force that can never be controlled. Nobody has been able to stop

time, or turn it back. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby wants to control and turn back the clock.

He staunchly believes in the fact that the past can be repeated and he actively looks to repeat the

past. He tries to gain back five years of time that is lost forever. Throughout the spring, summer

and autumn of 1922, it seems as if Gatsby might actually succeed in repeating the past; however,

it is not possible. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses seasons and the weather

associated with them to demonstrate that time does not wait for anyone. The novel uses the

changes in seasons and the weather to show this. These images are repeated
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Nick has wasted

time after college and he moves to New York trying to make it up and get it back. He intends on

completely restarting his life and his career. Daisy, Nick’s cousin, also begins her new life in the

spring. Daisy’s life changes when she meets and marries Tom. “That force took shape in the

middle of spring with the arrival of Tom Buchanan” (Fitzgerald 151). She starts a new life with

Tom and stops waiting for Gatsby. The spring is a time for restarts and it is a time when people

try to fix their mistakes from the past. The weather in the spring also shows the fragility of time.

When winter ends, spring begins with rain. Fitzgerald uses the rain as a symbol of sorrow.

Gatsby’s sorrow is shown very clearly with the rain on the day he is reconnected with Daisy.

While waiting outside in the rain, to give Daisy and Gatsby some privacy, Nick remarks, “While

the rain continued it had seemed like the murmur of their voices, rising and swelling a little now

and then with gusts of emotion” (Fitzgerald 89). After Daisy accepts Gatsby back into her life,

the sun comes out and the rain stops. Gatsby’s sorrow is gone and he has a chance to make up

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