Great Gatsby: The Passing Of Youth

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People naturally strive to achieve what they cannot possibly attain. Through The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald expresses the idea that people, with the exception of a willful minority, will never be satisfied with what they hold, will forever desire what they cannot grasp, and never know when to stop. Nick Caraway is a member of this volitient minority. Money is not of major significance in Nick's life. This liberates him from the need to impress others, much unlike Gatsby, Jordan, Tom, and Daisy. Jay Gatsby trusts Nick with his secret past because he is quiet, he is a good listener, and he reserves judgment. Despite ...view middle of the document...

Before he had to leave for World War I, Daisy fell in love with Jay Gatsby. When he had to leave for the war, Daisy promised Gatsby that she would await his return. However, she chose to marry Tom Buchanan, a young man who could promise her a wealthy lifestyle. Even though Daisy broke her promise and married another, Jay Gatsby views Daisy Buchanan as the very image of perfection. His entire motivation for achieving his wealth and living in West Egg is the hope that he may win Daisy back from Tom. However, Gatsby does not realize is that his goal is hopeless. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...". Nick admires Gatsby's relentlessness, but knows that Daisy is not everything Gatsby thinks she is. Nick tells Gatsby "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." Other than Nick, all of the characters of The Great Gatsby aim unattainable goals. Daisy misses her target to achieve happiness and security, and Gatsby falls short in his attempt to win Daisy from Tom. The only character that matures from the events in the novel is Nick. Nick's maturity comes appropriately comes at the age of thirty: the age where youth is considered to pass.

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