What Are The Shortcomings In The Great Gatsby

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Every person has regrets. Someone that they wished they had said something to before a divide, or something they would have done to change the outcome. An important part of life is learning to move on from those and accept where you are now; this is something that Gatsby never learned how to do. Gatsby spent this whole book chasing after Daisy, and is a very relatable character to most since every one of us is chasing something. However, Gatsby is chasing someone he’s lost forever, and you can’t necessarily fix the past as Gatsby wanted. You must keep going, create new relationships, and forgive yourself for your shortcomings. Ultimately, never forgiving the past leads to a life of regret and sorrow. Nick watched Gatsby struggle and fight to repair the past, but Nick also watched to see Gatsby’s lifeless body float further from his dreams of Daisy. Gatsby’s shortcomings in the past make this book meloncholy and relatable to the reader.
Gatsby never truly forgave himself for not coming back for Daisy fast enough. All of his actions are to restore the scenes of their life before he left. “‘They were so engrossed with each other that they didn’t see me until I was five feet away,’” (Fitzgerald 74). In this passage Jordan is telling Nick about when Gatsby and Daisy were together before Gatsby left. They were
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Gatsby is never really joyous in this book because all he wants is to repeat the past. “‘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!’” (Fitzgerald 110). Daisy is never content because she’s conflicted between the comfort of Tom and the adventure of Gatsby. Tom is not pleased when he finds out about Gatsby, Jordan isn’t happy because Nick broke up with her, and Nick broke up with her because the absurdity of it all makes him grave. Chasing after dreams forgotten will only bring
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