Theme Of Determination In The Great Gatsby

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Some of us tend to dwell on the past, but staying in the present helps us transform into better individuals. Throughout the novel and the poem, the main characters dwell on the past and cannot deal with the present. The novel The Great Gatsby is written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the poem Boats against the Current is by Eric Carmen. Throughout the duration of the novel and poem, the use of man vs man conflict and the development of the characters such as Gatsby, Daisy, Unnamed person, and that person they love are used to help advance the author's theme of determination. Throughout the novel and poem, the authors use the characters in the literature to further develop the theme of determination of love. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “I’m going to…show more content…
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald used conflict in the quote, “Can’t repeat the past? “he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” He looked around him wildly as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of rich of his hand.” This an example of man vs. man conflict because Gatsby believes that he can relive the past with Daisy, the only problem is that Daisy doesn’t feel the same way. This develops the theme of determination because as time goes on and Daisy keeps turning him down for Tom, Gatsby becomes more obsessive and determined. In Eric Carmen’s “Boats against the Current” he wrote, “But tomorrow, we’ll run a little bit faster, tomorrow, were gonna find what were after at last.” This author uses man vs man conflict when they said, “we’ll run a little bit faster,” because this quote incorporates a competitive aspect to the theme of determination. This unnamed character is trying to fight through this conflict of love because they are determined to beat out the other person who is also competing for the love of this
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