"Great Gatsby" Symbolism Essay

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Often, an individuals' obsession with the past greatly affects his actions in the present , which sometimes leads to disastrous conclusions. One can extrapolate from that statement that someone chasing a dream from the past, will act in the present in such a way, as to realize that dream. Often those actions will lead them to disaster. Such is the case of Jay Gatsby, a character from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. Gatsby sent his life chasing his dream, a girl named Daisy. This obsession ultimately leads to his death. F. Scott Fitzgerald draws the reader into the story of Gatsby's obsession using symbols and straight actions throughout his novel.F. Scott Fitzgerald uses ...view middle of the document...

This notion is definitely the one Gatsby has of her, thus showing just how little he truly does know of her and what she is all about. This shows once again that Gatsby is chasing the past. It is shown through the fact that he is chasing the Daisy that once was and has continued to be created repeatedly in his head rather than the Daisy that currently exists.F. Scott Fitzgerald also uses Gatsby to great affect by his choice words and actions. In chapter six Nick Carraway, the narrator and voice of reason in the book, reminds Gatsby, in a consoling gentle voice, that the past is simply the past and can not be resurrected. While most people would agree, the readers are given another great insight into Gatsby with his response" why of coarse you can". This gives Gatsby the persona of an errant knight on a quest for illusive fire-breathing dragons. While that can never be realized Gatsby chases Daisy just like a knight marches on, chasing the dragons that he will never be able to reach. By doing this F. Scott Fitzgerald creates a character that can never truly function in the present but keeps returning to the past and modifying it so it is suitable to himself. That action however can never be realized in the present world. F. Scott Fitzgerald also uses the actions of Gatsby to...

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