March 25th, 2014
A Man’s Past
A Spanish philosopher concluded that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The whole purpose of our existence is to learn from our mistakes and past memories, thus being able to progress and essentially grow as a human being. Ultimately, a person’s past can be the ideal driving force and motivation needed in order to move up the ladder of success as displayed in F Scott Fitzgerald’s short novel, The Great Gatsby
A man’s past, filled with poverty and desperation, very analogous to Jay Gatsby’s, can only drive him to become successful in everything he does or attempts. Gatsby distant relationship with Daisy as motivation to attain superfluous wealth and fame in attempt to win his soul mates heart back. Everything he owned was subliminally for Daisy, in hopes that she would recognize his fortunes and appreciate what he has done for her. Essentially, the memories he had with Daisy was the reason behind everything. His past empowered him with the ability to reach a zenith of massive wealth which allowed him to buy everything he wanted, just to fill some sort of void in his life. Gatsby, by the looks of it, had an ordinary bedroom, “Except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold.” (93) This quote illustrates the pure gold toilet as a symbol of Jay’s wealth and everything else he had achieved. He became so successful in his short lifetime that he was able to spend his money on glorious objects in determination to reestablish the connection he had once taken for granted with daisy.
A man also is motivated to grasp a hold of fame and fortune if he was raised in poverty as an adolescent. Jay Gatsby was motivated to become a self-made man by one other thing as well: his poor upbringings he experienced as a young child. Gatsby was dissatisfied with an impoverished lifestyle and wanted to develop a new identity of himself, and so he “invented...
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