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Great Gatsby Analytical Essay

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In, “The Great Gatsby,” we learn about many different themes and ideas that are presented to us in the book. The themes and ideas are presented to us through the results of the choices and actions that the characters make in the story, ranging from Tom’s adultery to Gatsby’s nostalgia. One theme Fitzgerald teaches to his readers, is that nostalgia (an extreme longing for the past) can cause many problems in a person’s life, through the use of several literary elements that are found within the story.
At the end of the first chapter, Fitzgerald uses symbolism to portray Gatsby’s nostalgia, by introducing us to the “mysterious green light at the end of the dock” to which Gatsby stares at. The ...view middle of the document...

From what could be concluded from the above evidence, we figured out that as the book progresses, Gatsby’s nostalgia still remains and does not change whatsoever, and also he remains determined to marry Daisy, due to the fact that he tried to impress her and because he thinks he can repeat the past.
Finally, in chapter 8, the author uses tragedy to portray the consequences of Gatsby’s nostalgia, in which the consequence was that Gatsby was killed by George Wilson, and this led to Wilson’s death. Near the start of chapter 6, Gatsby’s nostalgia begins to take the course of the story into a series of unfortunate events, starting when Daisy gave a hurtful opinion of Gatsby’s party and the fact that Tom did not like Gatsby nor the people at the party, since they were deemed by Tom as “being common.”
Later in the story, despite Daisy’s opinion, Gatsby still continues to try to love her, which results in further conflict with Tom. As a result, Daisy, Gatsby, Tom, and everyone else decide to go to town to reduce the conflict, but near the end of chapter 7, Daisy, who is riding with Gatsby back home, accidentally runs over Myrtle and kills her. The police and George Wilson try to find the person that killed Myrtle, while Gatsby who is still nostalgic for Daisy, decides to linger near Tom Buchanan's House,...

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