Great Gatsby

Monisuer Blach                                                                                                                               10/25/09
Mrs. blahblah                                     Great Gatsby Essay                                     English

                "So we beat on boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past". This

metaphor represents Gatsby, Nick, and people in general striving to achieve their goals, reliving

the past, and the conflicts undertaken while pursuing our goals. This is the connection shared

between us and the characters within the novel of "The Great Gatsby. Nick's reference

pertaining to his experiences, along with friends and acquaintances highlights these central

themes within the novel. For instance, Gatsby’s struggle to achieve his success, Nick’s return to

his hometown, along with the emotional struggle between the old aristocracy of East Egg and

its disdain of West Egg’s new money, are a few applications of the themes.
              The boat is a representation of us the reader embarking on a journey to our

destinations or goals, the current is what prevents our goals, while the opposite direction of our

goals is already covered, metaphorically the past. Gatsby’s reliving of his past is evident as he

continued to chase Daisy due to their romance. From his first glance of her, Gatsby viewed

Daisy as the embodiment of perfection; elegance and opulence. Their love was short lived due

to Gatsby being drafted into the army during World War I, but the mutual love never

disappeared. “'I wouldn’t ask too much of her', I ventured.”’You can’t repeat the past.' 'Can’t

repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!' I’m going to fix everything

just the way it was before; he said, nodding determinedly.'” (pg.110) Gatsby outright

proclaimed his intention of repeating the past. Daisy and Gatsby’s past is...