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The Great Gatsby Commentary Essay

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“If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream.” All Gatsby had ever fulfilled in his life was his money. But he had no one to share it with so it was worthless. He was fixated on Daisy. He lived his life in such a way that on the off chance they may run into each other and she might fall in love with him again. Once he finally reconnected with Daisy and in the end he died for her without ever really having her. And she left him just the same. This metaphor expressing that his perspective has changed significantly based not he recent events and Daisy’s words. “He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky.” He and Daisy had ...view middle of the document...

” Flowers been a common motif throughout The Great Gatsby. Constantly comparing peoples looks to a rose, or love to a rose, he fills Nick’s home with flowers because Daisy’s name is a flower and flowers represent her. Nick also sees her this way because Gatsby does. “A small gust of wind that scarcely corrugated the surface was enough to disturb its accidental course with its accidental burden,” The imagery in this quote allows for a physical representation of the emotions of the scene. Cold and still and emotionally withdrawn. It was an out of body moment for Gatsby being felt by his surroundings instead of him.
“And the holocaust was complete.” By using juxtaposition in this quote, Fitzgerald compares the events taking place in the end of The Great Gatsby to a holocaust, they are referring to the mass destruction that came to everything Gatsby cared about that led to the end of his life. The definition of holocaust “destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.” This is also a hyperbole describing not how catastrophic the recent deaths in the story were to the world, but how catastrophic they were to Gatsby’s world and possibly Nicks world too.
All of these quotes follow the motif of inevitable future. That all things must come to an end. All things must resolve eventually which we see constantly through out the book. All characters meet their fate. The fact that The Great Gatsby does not have a happy ending proves this motif’s validity because Gatsby met his inescapable death. Because of his actions, that’s what became his fate.

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