The Great Gatsby Quote Analysis

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In the book The Great Gatsby, we are set in the period of the roaring twenties which was an era of change and growth. The novel is set in New York soon after World War One when prohibition was reinforced, but many superficial beings ignored the law. We see many characters in the novel fall into different categories such as “The pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired”. The quality F. Scott Fitzgerald wishes were more of in The Great Gatsby would be more compassion and benevolence, he portrays the characters who lack these qualities to be shallow and unhappy, while those who possess them, such as Nick, are able to see the world more clearly and find greater realization. We are faced with a quote said by Nick Carraway in Chapter four …show more content…

He is driven to have her by his side but at points in the story, his goals seem out of reach, such as in chapter six where Gatsby says “Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!”. When Gatsby says this quote he is trying to convince both Nick and himself that he could pursue and recapture Daisy, who was his former love. As we know, Gatsby is deeply in love with Daisy and has been for years, even though they were separated by certain circumstances as said before. Gatsby would tend to throw lavish parties with superficial beings attending them, hoping that Daisy would attend and that they would finally reunite. Although he throws the parties in hopes of Daisy attending one of them, he also buys a mansion across the bay from Daisy’s home. Jay Gatsby wanted to reconcile with Daisy and repeat the past they had before, he is driven by his desire to repeat the past and to make up for the lost …show more content…

Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby falls under the category of “The busy” due to his secret affairs which he tries to hide from his wife, Daisy Buchanan. He is an arrogant character who only does what's best for him and often spends his time with his mistress, Myrtle, in their apartment together in the city. Tom is also dismissive of his wife’s feelings and desires, only focusing on himself. In chapter two we are set in the scene of Tom’s apartment where Myrtle’s sister and friends come to play. Myrtle's sister, Catherine says “What I say is, why go on living with them if they can’t stand them? If I was them I’d get a divorce and get married to each other right away”. For the time being, Tom is too busy with his mistress to worry about other things such as his wife and his

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