F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Connor Fitch
Mr. Maiore
AP English II
9 June 2015
Desire for Rebirth in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby chronicles Jay Gatsby’s ill-fated attempt to recreate a lost love from his past. Through single-minded focus, he transforms himself from penniless James Gatz of Minnesota to the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby of West Egg, New York. Despite the fact that Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s lost lover, has come to terms with their separation, Gatsby maintains his firm belief in the notion of rebirth, convinced he can recreate the past. Furthermore, the novel serves as Fitzgerald’s personal introspection, voicing his own desire for renewal in the search for his identity. Therefore, a central theme in the novel is rebirth, exemplified by the actions and motivations of Gatsby and Fitzgerald’s examination of his own life. Throughout his life, Gatsby finds that he is “capable of taking from the world almost anything he wanted” (Steinbrink), whether it be wealth, influence, or even rebirth into a new life. Gatsby’s first endeavor to recreate himself and fight the passage of time occurs when he is a poor boy in Minnesota. James Gatz, as he is called at the time, has “a big future in front of him” (Fitzgerald 172) but is held back by the circumstances of his birth into an underprivileged family. Fortunately, Gatz encounters the millionaire Dan Cody and, with him, an opportunity for renewal. Gatz changes his identity to Jay Gatsby, an idealized
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