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The Great Gatsby
It’s hard to keep moving forward when your mind is so stuck in the past. The Great Gatsby is a story written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, the perspective of this book is written through the eyes of Nick, a middle class citizen that lives next to huge mansions, one of which belongs to a Mr. Jay Gatsby. After being invited to a party Nick becomes friends with Gatsby and he soon learns that Mr. Gatsby is actually in love with Nick's cousin, Daisy. The story continues with Nick observing how Gatsby goes about getting Daisy’s attention and how their relationship plays through. Throughout the story it is made clear that Jay Gatsby is hung up on the past that he once shared with Daisy, and it’s affecting life negatively because he
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She’s never loved you. She loves me.” ( Gatsby 130 ) After Gatsby tried to convince Tom, Daisy’s husband, that she only ever loved him and has never loved anyone else, then Daisy cries out, “Oh, you want too much! I love you now- Isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past. I did love him once- but I loved you too.” ( Daisy 132) An analysis evident from these quotes is that Gatsby’s mind was set still in the past as time kept moving on, and he never even thought of Daisy ever changing or moving on from him, and because he’s so sure that Daisy is the same as she was years ago, he forces her to renounce her love for her husband and be with Gatsby instead claiming that the love she had with Tom was never real. This is why it is come to be believed that the past is negatively affecting their lives instead of improving their lives like gatsby so strongly believed.
Throughout this analysis the idea of the past having negative effects on one's character has been repeated countless times. One way that was given was that Gatsby had a toxic addiction to wanting to repeat the past because he so strongly believed that everything could go back to the way it was. He was so blinded by false promises of having his old life back. Another example of the past being a destructive aspect of Gatsby's character was when he was practically forced Daisy to say that she’s only ever loved him and has never loved anyone else. Gatsby was so blinded by the past that he didn’t even
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