What Is The Theme Of Innocence In The Great Gatsby

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New York City, home to some of the most dangerous men and women, recklessly careening their way through the world and never looking back. Tearing up anything they can, any sort of compassion or love, they destroy while making it look graceful somehow. Turning innocence into treacherousness and ruining all things pure. The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an extraordinary piece of art that offers readers an inside look on the secret lives of New York’s finest. Fitzgerald gives his readers a different perspective on wealth, marriage, relationships, forgiveness, and more. One of the most illuminating episodes in the plot, however, is when Gatsby becomes angrily excited after Nick tells him that he cannot repeat the past. …show more content…
He knows that everybody wonders about him, and he knows his wealth outshines many others. His power reigns throughout much of the plot, he is also described as a very calm, cool character, rarely losing his temper, having very good self control and he just gives off a certain seduction to him that everybody wants. Gatsby knows he is a big man. But in the passage when his power seems somehow compromised, he becomes very unsteady, “‘I wouldn’t ask too much of her,’ I ventured. ‘You can’t repeat the past.’ ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ He cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’ He looked around him wildly as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach on his hand. ‘I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,’ he said, nodding determinedly, ‘She’ll see’”. Gatsby’s fear of not being able to go back in the past. He is acting mildly flustered on the outside, but on the inside, Gatsby’s grip on the power he holds over his dream is slipping and it is terrifying to him. The word choice that Fitzgerald uses perfectly describes the excitement that was going on from Gatsby in this scene. He is so scared because he is not used to not being in control, he cannot admit that will not go back to the way they were, So once again, Gatsby’s fear of losing his dream causes him to pour all of himself into loving her, which then causes Gatsby …show more content…
Everybody is obsessed with wealth and power, they aspire to be like the finest men and women of New York. They relish in the luxurious hospitality offered to them by Gatsby, not paying any attention to where they are or what they are doing. The party guests stay all night long and live at Gatsby 's house like it is their own. Nobody there even knows what Gatsby looks like or has even seen him. At one point, Gatsby mentions that he always has the party guests at his home because he thinks that all of the interesting people he fills it with, will draw Daisy in. But it never worked, Daisy never came to any of his parties, no matter how interesting the guests were. Gatsby uses the guests as a facade to cover up his sad, empty life. The guests are not for Gatsby, for he could not care any less about their lives, they are all for the one he loves. And the guests don’t even know it, they all just empty-mindedly use his things and enjoy their moment of the lavish lifestyle, because that is all their poor hearts care

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