Bourne Back Ceaselessly Into the Past: Gatsby’s Fight Against Time
Set in the 1920’s, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, tells the story of social classes and a wealthy man who lost the love of his life. This man, Jay Gatsby, is born poor, but he works his way into becoming rich, and thus being the symbol of new money. Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s lover, is born as old money and lives in East Egg with her husband Tom Buchanan, and is a glamorous person. Gatsby always loves Daisy, but was unable to marry her because he was poor and Daisy loves rich men, so Tom marries her. Gatsby attempts to stop time and “repeat the past” because he has lost the girl of his dreams. Fitzgerald uses the symbol of water, shadow, and Gatsby fighting the current and refuses to recognize the impossibility of his dream to repair the past with Daisy Water is a significant symbol in the book because it represents Gatsby’s life. Nick and Gatsby decide to invite Daisy for tea the next day, but that day was raining. When Daisy arrives and enters Nick’s home, Gatsby is not inside. A knock on the door is heard, and Nick opens it. It is Gatsby, “pale as death, with his hand plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water…”(91). Gatsby is always trying to “repeat the past,” which will lead to his downfall. Here in this scene, he is “standing in a puddle of water” and “his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets” foreshadows his death because when you are standing in water with weights, you drown, resulting to your death. Also, it is the consequence of fighting the current of “time.” He is nervous about this and he still has not forgotten about the time they were in love with each other. Because Gatsby keeps thinking about this moment in the past, he is drowning himself in the “water” with his “hands” that are “plunged like weights.” He stands in the still puddle because Gatsby’s mind is on the...
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