pg. 109 - “She didn’t like it” “unutterable depression” “She used to be able to understand” - Gatsby’s wealth is his way of coping with Daisy’s absence (his facade of happiness). Gatsby, known for throwing the most extravagant of parties to try and catch Daisy’s attention; and, when Daisy finally attends one of his parties, she doesn’t enjoy it. Daisy’s indifference portrays how Gatsby’s obsession with the past and his lavish spending to gain her attention are both worthless. spending = continuation of obsession - pg. 110 - “Why of course you can!” - Gatsby is fixed on the past - pg. 110 - “formed a ladder… suck on the pap of life” - flashback
- Gatsby describes his first kiss with Daisy, using imagery to compare his love with her as something heavenly and divine; emphasizes his love for her and what he’s working towards - Gatsby is forever living in this moment; he’s blind to reality; unable to wake up from a dream - ignorance is not bliss in this circumstance; ignorance and obsession with past is eventually what gets Gatsby killed - (?) pg. 143-44 - “of course I’ll say I was” “see if he tries to bother her” “wait here till Daisy goes to bed” - Gatsby, even though he’s already lost Daisy to Tom, insists on protecting Daisy and assuring that she’s safe; this, however, is more than dedication: it’s obsession; if Gatsby hadn’t decided to protect Daisy, he might never have been murdered, but he refused to let go of the past - pg. 180 “Gatsby believed in the green light” - green light is a symbol for the past; throughout the book, Gatsby is constantly looking at the green light but is unable to reach it; the green light also happens to be at the edge of Daisy’s house, connecting the light to Gatsby’s hope to return to the past and his relationship with Daisy - pg. 180 “we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” - analogy; boats = people; current = future - Fitzgerald describes how everyone is trying to return to the past, but the past is impossible to return to - last sentence of book; sums up how Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy ruined his life
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