We all have a past and in that past we try to regain something significant to us. In the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and set in the 1920s New York. The story centers on the mysterious protagonist whose life is fueled by his dream to reclaim the love of his life, Daisy. This mysterious protagonist has a “past” that he is trying to re-write to obtain his dream. His past influence his action and values leading to his demise.
This mysterious protagonist name is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a self-made man who constructed his entire being to create the illusion that he was born into this world living the life with luxurious lifestyle and social status without working for it. In reality he did not inherited his money, he had to work to obtain the life he is living. He is willing to do anything to erase the past and re-write it to reach his ideal future.
“James Gatz — that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career.” This quote is saying James Gatz created a new identify for himself because he did not want to live a life of poverty. When he was giving the opportunity for potential money and status he created new persona as Jay Gatsby. After James Gatz changed his name to Gatsby he meets Daisy during a military meeting located at Daisy house in Louisville, KY. Gatsby immediately fell in love with Daisy’s life style, grace, and charm, and lied to her about his own background to persuade her that he was good enough for her. After Gatsby left for war Daisy promise she would wait for him but then Tom Buchanan, a man from aristocratic family who could promise her a wealthy lifestyle. Daisy turned Gatsby down because Tom social status is greater than his. Gatsby always wanted to be rich but his main motivation in acquiring his fortune was to reclaim his love, Daisy. Jay Gatsby will go to all means necessary