Futile And Condemned In The Great Gatsby

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2. Although Gatsby does meticulously pursue his dream, Gatsby’s pursuits are futile and condemned. Throughout the novel we continually see the immense struggle that Gatsby endures while pursuing his dreams of wealth and Daisy, which were often connected. During the early years of Gatsby’s life, Gatsby pursues wealth and he eventually does attain this; however, the acceptance he hoped to achieve through his wealth was something that he never acquired. For instance, when Gatsby was asked to dinner out of required politeness by the socialites of East Egg, he was eager to be involved and immediately agreed. However, Gatsby was unaware of the discontent signals being portrayed by those that lived in East Egg. Nick describes the awkward situation…show more content…
One value that was continually showcased in The Great Gatsby was materialism. Many characters portrayed deep fascinations for material things. Daisy, who had recently reconnected with Gatsby, begins crying when she realizes that she could have possessed an abundance more of material things if she had married Gatsby, instead of Tom. As Daisy cries she says, “They’re such beautiful shirts. I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before” (Fitzgerald 98). This showcases an overt appreciation for material things, as she is moved by all of Gatsby’s possessions more than she is impressed with Gatsby himself.
3. These values are not biblical, as God relays to us that money will not ensure happiness in Ecclesiastes 5:10 which says, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity” (ESV). This showcases that wealth, which leads to the obtaining of material things, will not ensure a person’s contentment. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a]destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (ESV). This quote relays to us that there are more important things to life than our material things, which is in direct opposition to what many of the characters in The Great Gatsby seem
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As human beings that regret past moments, we often have the urge to try to reverse our mistakes by reliving the past. Unfortunately, as learned from The Great Gatsby we must leave the past in the past and live in the present, as attempting to relive the past is impossible. Gatsby, a man who hoped to attain his love, Daisy, through fixing the past promises, “I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before” (Fitzgerald 117). This hope of Gatsby’s was impossible, as Daisy had changed and moved on with her life, which resulted in Gatsby’s inability to obtain Daisy. So, remembering to live in the present allows for us to leave behind the moments of regret in the past which allows us to avoid demise similar to

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