Theme Of Optimism In The Great Gatsby

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“He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs.” (Fitzgerald 112) Jay Gatsby, coming from an unwealthy farm family in North Dakota, leaves home at the age of seventeen. He meets a man named Dan Cody and spends five years with him on his boat. He later meets a girl named Daisy, who he falls in love with, while he is training for the war. He promises to come back to her after the war, however she does not keep her promise and marries Tom Buchanan. When Gatsby returns from the war he gets involved in an illegal business in which he sells alcohol and owns multiple drug stores. He uses his money to buy a luxurious house across the bay from Daisy's house trying to win her love back. Gatsby is an extremely optimistic man when it comes to Daisy and him in …show more content…

Gatsby tells Nick, his neighbor, that Daisy did not enjoy the party and that he wishes she could just understand. He wants her to tell her husband Tom that she never loved him thus they can get married and have times back to the way they were five years ago. Nick proceeds to tell Gatsby, “I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” Nick ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.” “Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald 118) In stanza two of the song “Grenade” by Bruno Mars this event is represented by the phrase “To give me all your love is all I ever asked ‘cause.” This phrase represents this event because all Gatsby wants Daisy to do is tell Tom she never loved him and that she loves Gatsby. Repeating the past cannot be done unless the two people are willing to work it out and if there is

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