The Great Gatsby Ariel Argueta B7

There are many good and bad memories but many tend to dwell on the past and memories that carry with it. Gatsby only thinks about and refers to the past with Daisy wishing things were different then and now.

"Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once."..........."I don't think it so much that, it's more that he was a German spy during the war." (Fitzgerald, 48)
"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, 116)
"I did love him once---but I loved you too." Gatsby' eyes opened and closed. "You loved me too?" He repeated. "Even that's a lie, She didn't know you were alive. Why,--there're things between Daisy and me that you'll never know, things that neither of us can ever forget." (Fitzgerald, 140)

Jay Gatsby (James Gatz)

"He smiled understandingly, much more then understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It face or seemed to face the whole external world for an instance, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor." (Fitzgerald, 52)
"He's a bootlegger, one time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil." (Fitzgerald, 65)

Daisy Buchanan

"She left again, as if she said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was the way she had." (Fitzgerald, 13)
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy, they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their bass carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and that other people clean up the mess they had made..." (Fitzgerald, 187-188)
The Green Light

The symbol represented Daisy, so close yet so far from Gatsby, watching her from a far knowing she's there but she not knowing him there. Once finally having her in his arms he saw the light as a normal light because now she's not so far away but right where he wants her.

"You always had a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." He seemed absorbed in what he had just said, possibly I had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had no banished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very new to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a greenlight on a dock." (Fitzgerald, 98)
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