Great Gatsby Theme Paper

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“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” The theme for the book The Great Gatsby is that some people are only left chasing the past while some others are satisfied with their current situation. In this writing the reader has the chance to see how this theme shows through in the book. The essay will cover three main characters. After reading this essay the reader should be able to see how and why this theme holds true.

Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is an oddly normal man. He is very handsome, he has a lot of money, but how he carries himself is somewhat goofy. Jay just seems a little shady. He throws all these parties just to wait and wait and wait. He acted happy and cheery but was he ...view middle of the document...

Daisy is a character that really has no idea what she wants. She is in a relationship with Tom that seems to be very shaky due to the affair that Tom is having. Daisy gets upset and she clearly does not like that Tom seems to be cheating on her. Would any girl really? Another thing that the reader could notice about Daisy is that she is very giddy when there are other men around, especially Jay. Daisy is in a world where she is somewhat happy with where she is, but she also would like to be back with Jay. In the book the reader can see that Daisy is still somewhat obsessed with Jay. On page 92, Daisy sees Jay’s shirts and almost cries and says, “They’re such beautiful shirts. It makes me sad because I have never seen such – such beautiful shirts.” How weird is that? Daisy was completely astounded by how amazing Jay’s shirts were. She loved them. She loved him. As the story goes on Daisy and Jay keep meeting up and it seems to be very clear that Daisy still loves Jay but on page 132, the reader can see that Daisy realizes that she just has to be satisfied with the present instead of the past. She tells Jay, “Oh, you want too much! I love you now…I can’t help what’s the past.” Daisy still loves Jay but she just can’t be with him even if she really wants to be. Daisy ends up with Tom and lives her life in the present.
Tommy Buchanan. Tom is a character who lives life one day at a time. In this paragraph the reader will be able to see why this is true. First off, here are a few characteristics of Tom Buchanan. Tom is a very big man. Daisy describes him to be hulking. Tom is very muscular and also is a very wealthy man himself. He is a polo man and he is also a very good businessman. Tom is a shady character as well, but the other characters in the book can see that he is...

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