3. In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Identify a character in The Great Gatsby who must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal. Then write an essay in which you show how the character's relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the novel as a whole.
In F. Scott F's novel, Jay Gatsby contends with a haunting past that constantly threatens his dream of a future with Daisy. Gatsby's future, as said by his father, to be one of promise. Gatsby's father states "He had a big future before him...", and Gatsby has the brain power to be successful. In Gatsby's life itinerary, it shows that he keeps an eye on his goals, is eager to get ahead and, in fact, has a plan to achieve his goals. But the one goal Gatsby does not achieve shows that he has "paid a high price for living too long with a single dream". Gatsby's dream is to make what has already past, his future, and his dream is just out of reach. As a result of living in the past, Gatsby limits his future and is doomed by a single kiss, which is his only tragic flaw.
Looking at Gatsby's past it is clear, that he doesn't start of as a successful man. He has nor money nor education, but a humiliating janitorial job and dreams of being a wealthy man. When he meets Cody, Gatsby falls in love with wealth and luxury. He dedicated himself to become a successful man, and changing his name to Jay Gatsby gives him a good start to reaching his dream. When Gatsby meets Daisy, it is obvious why a man who has gone to such great lengths to achieve wealth and luxury would find Daisy so alluring: for her, the aura of wealth and luxury comes effortlessly. She is able to take her position for granted, and she becomes, for Gatsby, the epitome of everything that he invented “Jay Gatsby” to achieve.
Gatsby suffers from past memories of Daisy and tries to relive the relationship...
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