The Great Gatsby Matthew ramirez b7

Theme: Gatsby is obsessed with his past memories with Daisy and tries to relive them. Throughout the entire story Gatsby's main goal was to get Daisy back from Tom to relive the past they had together

"'It was a strange coincidence,' I said. 'But it wasn't a coincidence at all. Why not? Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be right Across the bay.'" Pg. 78

"'You can't repeat the past. Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!'" Pg. 110

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Pg. 180

Jay Gatsby

Direct Characterization: "As I went over to say goodbye I saw that the expression of bewilderment had come back into Gatsby's face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness. Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams--not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion." Pg. 95

Indirect Characterization: "He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: 'I never loved you.' After she obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken" Pg. 109

Jordan Baker

Direct Characterization: "When I had finished, she tolded me without comment that she was engaged to another man. I doubted that, though there were several she could have married at a nod of her head, but I pretended to be surprised." Pg. 177

Indirect Characterization: "I enjoyed looking at her. She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backwards at the shoulders like a young cadet." Pg. 11

Symbol: Green Light

Explanation: Gatsby would look at the light showing him where Daisy is. It represents Gatsby's hopes and dreams for the future

"“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . ." Pg. 180

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