Theme Of Carelessness In The Great Gatsby

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We’re all careless at one point in our lives and it could have a huge impact on others or ourselves. In The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald develops the theme of carelessness through his characters, symbols, and motifs. Carelessness is displayed by Gatsby because he is trying to make an illusion into a reality. Gatsby is trying to bring back the past by turning it into the present. For example, While talking to Nick, Gatsby says “ I’m Going to fix everything just the way it was before... She’ll see”( Fitzgerald pg.110). The quote shows that Gatsby is so naive to Daisy’s feelings and life but no matter what he will still try to rewind the clock. In addition, a symbol is a Green Light that is used to represents Daisy and the past that Daisy and Gatsby had. For example, when Nick saw Gatsby on his dock, he said “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water... I could have sworn he was trembling, involuntarily, I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing except a single green light..”(Fitzgerald pg. 21). The green light is a symbol of Gatsby’s dream to be with Daisy and that he is willing to do anything like living across from her house.Finally, Gatsby is careless by trying to live a reality that is all an illusion, which is affecting Daisy’s life by messing with her marriage with Tom. For example, “I wouldn’t ask too much of her, I ventured You can’t change the past? He cried incredulously Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald pg. 110). Gatsby is trying to relive the past by
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