Great Gatsby Report- Obsessing over the Past Theme

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An Obsession For The Past Obsessing too much over anything is unhealthy for a human being. Gatsby, in The Great Gatsby, dedicates his life to finding his lost love, Daisy, despite changes that may have occurred since the relationship ended. It is a love from the past that he longs for once again. Gatsby’s obsession gets to the point that he will do almost anything to retrieve the life that he once lived. Due to Gatsby’s attachment to the past and obsession to relive it, he forgets to live in the present and dedicates everything in searching for the history he once knew. Life becomes unsatisfactory until his longing is fulfilled. Gatsby’s love forms before he leaves for war, to a young woman named Daisy. “She was the first ‘nice’ girl he …show more content…
As they walked through his house, Nick recalls: He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs (92).
Gatsby’s goal for a part of his life was to become rich and be a better man in Daisy’s eyes. Now that Daisy could finally see what he had accomplished, Gatsby is in a daze, as if nothing that is happening is real. Next, he starts to think that the five years of dreaming and imagining of this day did not seem as great in reality. He had formed such an ideal of how Daisy would perform, that it did not seem to be living up to his dream.

He had passed visibly through two states and was entering upon a third. After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence. He had been full of the idea so long, dream it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now, in the reaction, he was running down like an over-wound clock (93).
The day that Gatsby has waited for,
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