essay 3 - Time and Memory Time and memory are two related...

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Time and Memory Time and memory are two related concepts that play major roles in the novels The Great Gatsby and Johnny got his Gun . In these two novels, time and memory play completely different roles. In The Great Gatsby , memories represent Gatsby’s hope for the future, while in Johnny got his Gun memories represent all that Joe has lost and never will retain. For Jay Gatsby, time was the major instrument of change in his life. Born into a working- class family in North Dakota, Gatsby always wanted to be someone important. After his death, Gatsby’s father shows Nick a schedule that Gatsby made as a child to keep track of his daily activities. Even at this early age, he had a firm grasp on time. However, time could not pass faster for him in his young life, so he focuses his dreams on the future and accumulation of wealth. After he returns from the war, his wealth compounds rapidly as he participates in criminal activities. This is all because of his obsession over Daisy, a girl he met in Louisville while preparing to go to war. When he first meets her, he doesn’t divulge the true facts about his past because he knows a high-class girl like Daisy will not be accepting of the fact that he comes from a poor background. Gatsby goes away to war, and when he returns he finds time has
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