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How Successful Is The Ending Of The Great Gatsby? Essay

  • Submitted by: LIASK1
  • on February 28, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 903 words

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How successful is the ending of The Great Gatsby?

The Great Gatsby, has a complex closing sentence. It makes the reader truly think of a deeper meaning within it. “So we beat on, boats against the current…” This segment of the sentence symbolizes determination. It tells the life lesson; to never stop trying and never give up. In the novel, Gatsby never gives up hope of finding Daisy once more. When the two were young, they could not stay together because of their differences in money and social class. Gatsby would never be caught without money, if that was what was to win Daisy over. In the end, Daisy and Gatsby got together for a short period of time up until Gatsby’s death. Tom never gave up on his relationship with Daisy either. Tom remained Daisy’s betrothed despite the fact that she changed her mind about him right before they got married. Tom did not even leave Daisy when she killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. The idea of failure, shown through Fitzgerald’s use of the phrase ‘boats against the current’, agrees with William Troy’s writings in the ‘The Authority of Failure’, where he describes The Great Gatsby as a ‘story of failure’.

Furthermore, the final part of the sentence, “…borne back ceaselessly into the past” shows how people have not changed. Spouses still cheat on each other such as when Tom, Daisy, and Myrtle all cheated on their spouses. That is a fact that may remain for eternity. People have been proven to remain disloyal through many different time periods. Daisy cheated on Tom with Gatsby only after Tom had already been cheating on her for some time with Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle Wilson also cheated on her spouse, George Wilson. Gatsby remains the only one who did not cheat.   Milton Stern writes in her book, ‘The Golden Moment: The Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald’, about how ‘It was the highest point of human hope, Fitzgerald mourns’ emphasising how people, mainly Americans, build up their dreams (such as Gatsby and the American dream) only to ‘settle...

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