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The significance of flashbacks in the novel, The Great Gatsby

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A character's attempt to recapture or reject the past is an important aspect in many novels, plays and poems. Choose a work in which a character views the past with such feelings a reverence, bitterness, or longing. Reveal how the character's view of the past is used to develop a theme in the work.

In literature, memories of the past are often used to convey a character's inner beliefs and values. The character's attempt to recapture or even to reject the past suggests his or her true emotions such as reverence, bitterness, and longing. In The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, issues regarding the past are closely tied to Jay Gatsby's character as he both longs for past and yet runs away from it. The past that he attempts to revive throughout the novel is the one he once shared with Daisy, who is the love of his life. Gatsby's desire to have his relationship with Daisy reignited has led him to chase after the past. On the other hand, Gatsby also strives to reject the past. This includes the time frame before his encounter with Daisy, which is when he was much younger and was just the

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