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The Past as a Theme in The Great Gatsby
Many works of literature use characters pasts to define their future. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the characters pasts of the characters define their whole lives in many ways. Whether they change how people view them or emotionally alter their lives, they cannot hide their past from anyone. Daisy and Gatsby’s past together plays a huge role throughout the whole novel. Their relationship in the past changes Daisy’s feelings about her current marriage with Tom. Although Gatsby is here now she cannot forget her love for Tom. “’Oh you want too much!’ she cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now- isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once- but I loved you too.’” Although she would like to believe that she could stop loving Tom and runaway with Gatsby, she knows deep down that she does love Tom as well and she can’t choose between the two of them. This problem was encountered because of her past with Gatsby. It shows that the past can repeat itself in the sense that Daisy could fall in love with Gatsby again after 5 years. After Gatsby left for the war, Daisy was not sure how long she could wait for him, seeing that he was poor and would not be able to provide for her even after the war was finished. That is why she married Tom Buchanan. Yet, now that Gatsby is back, Daisy’s feelings for him return and she finds herself having to dig deep to find what she wants. “’Even that’s a lie,’ said Tom savagely. ‘She didn’t know you were alive. Why- there’s things between Daisy and me that you’ll never know, things that neither of us can ever forget.’” (page 132 chapter 7). When Daisy tries to tell Tom she never loved him, he reminds her of there past together and she admits that there is no way she can deny that she once loved Tom. No matter what she says, she will…...

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