Who Is The Netted Bird In The Great Gatsby

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“How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!” Belva Plain, a best-selling American author of mainstream fiction is stating how when a person is caught in desire, they are often blind to the reality of the things going on around them. An example of this is represented and proven very well by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel The Great Gatsby through his creation of Jay Gatsby. Throughout the story, Gatsby could resemble a netted bird because of the decisions he makes when he is caught in his desires. Gatsby 's constant obsession for Daisy did nothing but cause his life to go downhill. The obsession had come to the point that Nick noticed Gatsby “ Had been full of idea for so long, dreamed it right through the end, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now in reaction, he was running down like an overwound clock” (Fitzgerald 92). After all of the time and effort Gatsby put into trying to win Daisy 's heart, he still had yet to realize the toll it had taken on…show more content…
As Nick and Gatsby are talking about Gatsby’s relationship, Gatsby convincingly states to nick, “ Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘ why of course you can! I 'm going to fix everything just the way it was before, she see” (Fitzgerald 110). Gatsby is hopeful towards re creating his and Daisy’s past that he is often blind to the reality of things. He thinks Daisy will just drop everything for him, but little does he know that she has changed. Nick has a realization that “ After the car accident, when Gatsby is watching over Daisy outside Daisy’s mansion, it is evident that desire has destroyed everything. As he leaves Gatsby to himself, Nick’s thought is that Gatsby is waiting on nothing.” (Fitzgerald 139). Gatsby’s desires for his assumption that Daisy would drop everything for him no matter what because of their love from the past destroyed all of
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