It seems to me that Gatsby strives so hard to get Daisy but fails to achieve his life-time goal until the very end of his life. Some supernatural “force” has always stopped him from getting Daisy, impeding him from getting out of his doom throughout the novel. From my perspective, this special “force” is implicitly linked to an image: water. To begin with, water is the symbolism of Gatsby’s fate. Jay Gatsby is born in water and dies in water to some degree. Initially named James Gates, he just makes up the name Jay Gatsby when he meets Dan Cody on the lake Superior because he wants to start a brand new life that is promising. Lake Superior is the cradle where Gatsby gives himself a rebirth. Tragically, by the end of the story, he is shot in a swimming pool by Wilson who was duped by Tom Buchanan and thinks Gatsby to be the killer of his wife Myrtle. This coincidence gives us an implication that the life of Jay Gatsby cycles back to where it starts in a mysterious way. As mentioned in the last sentence of this novel “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”, the author expressed the inevitability of transmigration and fatalism.
In addition, water is the metaphor of the blockage between Gatsby and his dream. Gatsby and Daisy live on opposite sides of the bay, separated by water. When the narrator Nick first