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Great Gatsby Essay

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Themes of hope, success, and wealth overpower the book, leaving the reader with a new way to look at the roaring twenties. All the characters in this book were trying to live and recreate past memories and relationships. This was evident with Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship, Tom and Daisy’s struggling marriage, and Gatsby expecting so much of Daisy, wanting her to be the person she once was. The theme of this novel is to acknowledge the past, but do not try to recreate and live in it because then you will not be living in the present, and taking advantage of new opportunities.
Gatsby had many issues trying to live in the present instead of repeating his past. A common example of this ...view middle of the document...

All the characters in this book will do anything to repeat the past, yet they are living in the roaring twenties, when everyone was trying to move forward with there lives. This idea from society is ironic to the characters in the book, because society is taking advantage of these opportunities of being wealthy, getting jobs, and living in the moment. Ironically Daisy, Gatsby, Tom, Jordan, and Nick are living in the past, trying to take advantage of of opportunities that have already ended, specifically with Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship. Daisy had many opportunities she should have taken advantage of.
Daisy throughout the novel was a victim of a failing marriage, specifically having her husband have an affair with Myrtle. In the beginning of the novel she did not know she had another option to get out of her marriage, and live a happier life with Gatsby. When she first learned about Tom’s affair, she seemed embarrassed not for him but herself, that she was kept in the dark and being lied to.
The butler came back and murmured something close to Tom’s ear, whereupon Tom frowned, pushed back his chair, and whiteout a word went inside. As if his absence quickened something within her,…She was only extemporizing, but a stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. Then suddenly she threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house. (14)
This passage explains how Daisy was trying to not let this affair bother her, but its hard to pretend like it is not a big deal but her frustration with this situation comes out as she throws her napkin down on the table. It became evident that she has become angry and extremely embarrassed about Tom’s affair. She wants others to see her as a relaxed woman, happily married to her husband but she just snaps in this scene. She cannot take it any longer being the only loyal person in their marriage. Although Fitzgerald does not say it, Daisy was looking for a way out of the marriage. Daisy needed a way to get away from Tom and his affairs, but she has no safety net because her daughter and her would have no where to go. This foreshadows to how Gatsby can be the one to get Daisy out of this failing marriage, and he could take care of Daisy and her daughter. When Gatsby and her fall in love over the summer, it becomes clear she has her options to get away from Tom. She now has the chance to be happy, with Gatsby and start a new life together. But the ties to Tom and their past is what will always keep them together.
Once the group all acknowledged that Daisy and Tom’s marriage seemed to be for convince reasons, considering Daisy was in love with Gatsby and Tom was having an affair with Myrtle. Gatsby thinks she will once they reunite she will want to leave Tom because Gatsby feels he is a better man, but in reality that will not happen. This is shown when Nick, Daisy,...

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