“ Can ‘t repeat the past ? Why, of course you can !” Jay Gatsby , the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby , said this to his friend Nick Carraway in order to convince both himself and Nick that he could recapture Daisy Buchanan, his former love.
In chapter 6, Nick tells Gatsby , ” You can ‘t repeat the past ,” Gatsby replies, “Why of course you can .” Do you agree with Nick or with Gatsby ? Most readers would agree with Nick that you can ‘t repeat the past . That Gatsby believes he is able to repeat the past highlights his disconnect from reality.
Quote 1. I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool .
This is going to be an exegesis on the famous last line of The Great Gatsby : “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
While Gatsby feels certain that “of course you can ,” my own answer is different than his. No, you can ‘t repeat the past . Simply, you can ‘t repeat the past because you are not the same person you were in the past . As you grow and get older, your experiences start forming who you are and the decisions you make.
To understand why Daisy chooses Tom over Gatsby , it’s important to consider that Daisy probably values her own happiness and comfort more than anything else. While she undoubtedly loves Gatsby , running off with him would be very uncomfortable indeed.
We are told that Gatsby came up from essentially nothing, and that the first time he met Daisy Buchanan, he was “a penniless young man.” His fortune, we are told, was the result of a bootlegging business – he “bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago” and sold illegal alcohol over the counter.
According to Nick, Daisy is offended by the party because she thinks it wasn’t a gesture but an emotion. We see that Daisy does not have much fun at the party , the only time she enjoyed was the few moments she was alone with Gatsby . Daisy shows her snobbish side while at the party .
Tom initiates his planned confrontation with Gatsby by mocking his habit of calling people “old sport.” He accuses Gatsby of lying about having attended Oxford. Tom claims that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could not possibly understand. He then accuses Gatsby of running a bootlegging operation.
In The Great Gatsby , the last sentence reads: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. This refers to the dualities of Gatsby and America. At the end of the novel, Nick aligns himself Gatsby . Nick found out that Gatsby used any means necessary to try to repeat the past.
Yes, she loves Gatsby , but she doesn’t love him enough to dismantle her entire life, as you said it. She likes the stability and metaphoric safety (not physical, of course, because of Tom’s temper) of staying with Tom because it’s the situation she’s already in.
In The Great Gatsby , Jay Gatsby throws parties to fill a void in his past; to exercise his present power; and to impress the one woman he had ever loved, for whom he wasn’t good enough. Jay Gatsby began life in humble circumstances, tried to improve his situation, met wealthy, pampered Daisy and fell in love.
The moral of The Great Gatsby is that the American Dream is ultimately unattainable. Jay Gatsby had attained great wealth and status as a socialite; however, Gatsby’s dream was to have a future with his one true love, Daisy.
Gatsby’s desire for wealth was driven by his dream for the love of Daisy Buchanan. Although Gatsby was able to acquire great wealth, he never acquired Daisy’s love in the end. Gatsby is a clear embodiment of the American Dream: he was born poor and rose to achieve a higher wealth and social status.
George goes to Gatsby’s house in West Egg, where he shoots and kills Gatsby before committing suicide. Gatsby is later found dead, floating in his pool. Despite the many guests who attended Gatsby’s parties, only one (an individual known as “Owl Eyes”) attends his funeral.