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The Great Gatsby Creative Response

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Statement of Intent Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby concerns a young man, Jay Gatsby, who loves Daisy and dreams of her loving him back. Though Gatsby does not have much justification for believing Daisy will leave her husband Tom to be with him, he continues to hold onto his dream. The biggest blow to his dream occurs during Gatsby's confrontation with Tom, when Daisy tells Gatsby that she actually loves Tom and does not want to leave him. Fitzgerald does not illuminate on Gatsby's thought process following the episode, for the novel is told in first person from Nick Carraway's point of view. Therefore, a passage that reveals Gatsby's view following his confrontation with Tom would help support the novel's main theme that focusing on one dream even though little hope that it will come true exists and attempting to recreate the past causes one to live a discontent life. The passage is written in third person limited omniscient, to continue Fitzgerald's method of distancing Gatsby from the reader, but at the same time revealing his thoughts. I have incorporated Fitzgerald's motifs of eyes, color, water, seasons, and time to reveal the futility of Gatsby's dream. ...read more.

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The coming of fall symbolizes the cooling down of tensions, but also the coming of death. This death not only refers to the death of Gatsby's dream, but also his own death. The final statement about how summer would still come again reveals Gatsby's tenacious hope, though he realizes death, whether it is his own or his dream's, is coming. The Coming of Fall After bidding Nick goodbye, Gatsby returned to his study to await the phone call from Daisy. As he sat nervously in his chair, Gatsby stared intently at the small clock sitting on his desk, its ticking sound serving as a persistent reminder of each second passing by. Perturbed, Gatsby turned away from his desk and gazed around his room. His eyes rested upon the pile of neatly folded shirts lying on his bed-a proud display of silken green, gold, and blue fabrics. A warm rush of pride flooded over him as he recalled Daisy's sobs of appreciation for his shirts; the luxuries he owned had met Daisy's approval. Gatsby's eyes blurred and the hot, humid room faded from focus. Daisy stood in front of him, her eyes twinkling like precious diamonds. She was a younger Daisy of five years ago, her white dress rippling in the wind like water. ...read more.

Conclusion

The chauffer asked whether he wanted anything else. Gatsby stared at him with confused eyes. Then he said, "Don't take the car out under any circumstances." He placed the mattress on his shoulder and started for the pool. The mattress began to slip and he stopped and shifted it a little. The chauffer asked him if he needed help, but he shook his head and continued on. Gatsby noticed the yellowing trees along the path way as he strolled towards the pool. The passing of time, the coming of fall, was beginning to spoil the leaves which had been vibrantly green all summer. He continued on. Nothing would stay the same or stand still. Even his mattress would not remain still as he lay on it in the pool; it moved with little ripples as the fresh flow of water from one end drifted toward the drain at the other. A persistent, small gust of wind disturbed the linear flow, causing the mattress to move in an irregular, back and forth motion. Gatsby gazed up at the somber clouds hovering, ghost-like, across the sky. He began to realize that it might be too late. But he had held on tenaciously for so long and given so much that he could not give up. Fall may have been coming, but summer would surely come again as well. ...read more.

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