F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, a man named Jay Gatsby dreams of winning the love of a Daisy Buchanan, an upper-class woman who is married to Tom Buchanan. Before the current time present in the novel, summer of 1922 in Long Island and New York City, Gatsby and Daisy meet during October 1917 when Gatsby was a military officer who was stationed in Louisville. They fell in love, but Gatsby had lied about his social class to present himself as someone who was good enough for her. Gatsby had to go overseas and Daisy said she would wait for him but by the time he came back, Daisy was already engaged to Tom. Five years later, Gatsby and Daisy meet again and the two lovers act as if the five years in between never happened. Daisy and Gatsby drive to Long Island and on their way, Daisy runs over Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s mistress. Gatsby takes the blame for her leading to Mr. Wilson shooting Gatsby. Nick tells Gatsby, “You can’t repeat the past.” Gatsby responds saying, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” Throughout the novel and the last five years, Gatsby tried to win back the love of Daisy but never rekindled the relationship they had in Louisville and although at the surface it seems as though Daisy loves Gatsby as he loves her, Gatsby never truly had a real chance of getting her back. When Daisy and Gatsby first meet at Louisville, they fell hopelessly in love. Gatsby lied about his life, saying he was wealthy to make himself seem worthy for Daisy.

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