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Missed Opportunities Essay

897 words - 4 pages

People are given many opportunities throughout their lives. Some people take these opportunities and embrace them, but others simply lose these opportunities because of the loss the time. In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald’s most timeless theme conveyed throughout his work is time. Fitzgerald displays this recurring theme of time with the help of Gatsby, Daisy and Tom.
The word time appears repeatedly in the novel; therefore Fitzgerald obviously wanted to stress the importance of time to the overall theme of the book. Time is most important to Gatsby's character. The first time Gatsby starts showing his issue with time is when Nick invites Daisy over for ...view middle of the document...

Pammy was just another reminder that Gatsby’s dream was only a fantasy.
Unfortunately, Gatsby was not the only one who lost track of time. Likewise, Daisy was tested by time on the day before her wedding. As a bridesmaid, Jordan “came into her room half an hour before the bridal dinner and found her lying on her bed as lovely as the June night in her flowered dress- and as drunk as a monkey. She had a bottle of sauterne in one hand and a letter in the other” (81). Daisy received a letter from the love of her life, Gatsby, the day before her wedding with Tom. This destroyed Daisy because she had the chance to be with Gatsby and live her life happy, but she decided to be married to Tom and live in wealth. However, once she got Gatsby’s letter, she wanted to go back with Gatsby. As the novel progresses, Daisy is again tested by time when she is told to tell Tom that she never loved him. Gatsby demanded “Just tell him the truth- that you never loved him- and it’s all wiped out forever” (139). Yet, Daisy could not do it. Daisy cried “Oh, you want too much! I love you now- isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s the past. I did love him once- but I loved you too” (140). Daisy realizes she was not ready to tell Tom she never loved him. She ran out of time to prepare and as a result, she could not do it.
To make Fitzgerald’s theme clearer, he had Tom race against the...

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