The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby tries to “repeat the past” with tragic results. The novels narrator Nick Carraway tries to explain to Gatsby that he can’t repeat the past, but Gatsby states, “of course you can, old sport” (Fitzgerald). Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby met in Louisville. Before he left to fight in World War I he fell in love with Daisy. Right before he left Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby until his return. While waiting for Gatsby’s return Daisy fell in love with Tom Buchanan and soon married into his great wealth.
Jay Gatsby wanted to repeat his past so that he could restructure his life until it was perfect rather than accepting his past for what it had been. He explains to Nick that he is going to fix everything just the way it was before (Fitzgerald). Gatsby tries to repeat his past by throwing huge lit up parties at his mansion on Saturdays in hoping for Daisy’s return.
Parties in which only few were invited to, people weren’t actually invited they just somehow ended up there. Between all the partying and the hopes for Daisy, Gatsby never found her.At night he would go out and look for the green flashing light at the end of Daisy’s dock, longing for her and reaching out for her everlasting love. He found out that his next door neighbor Nick Carraway had connection with Daisy. Gatsby invites Nick to lunch so that they could get to know one another.
He informs Nick on his past about being in love with Daisy the woman of his dreams and then getting called to fight in World War I. Gatsby tells Jordan (Nick’s girlfriend) to try and convince Nick to invite Daisy over to his house for lunch.Gatsby’s plans was to get her to Nick’s house so that he could show her his huge mansion, knowing that she would be blinded by all the rich and high class of Jay. After lunch with Daisy, Jay was certain that he was winning her back over. According to Nick Daisy and Tom are insulated by wealth and the mores of restraint and gesture (Bloom’s Guide). But there was only one thing Gatsby needed Daisy to do, “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you. ’” (Fitzgerald) The results that Jay hopes to get was nothing and no one but Daisy.Gatsby loved Daisy from the beginning. Jay hoped that after showing Daisy his big mansion she would come back. He hoped that just maybe she would trip and fall back in love with him, little did he know a child was holding her back from what he could’ve almost had. Gatsby hoped that Daisy would tell Tom she didn’t love him in hopes that he would leave her so that she could come back to him. Tom Buchanan found out about the affair that was going on between Daisy and Gatsby. Although Tom was committing the same type of wrong with Myrtle.Tom wasn’t having Jay and Daisy having an affair. Tom’s jealousy of Gatsby arises more from his feeling violated by a person of a lower station than out of any real concern for his own wife (Bloom’s Guide). While Gatsby and Daisy was coming home one evening they got into a car accident killing Myrtle, Toms “secret” lady. Although Daisy was driving the car Gatsby decided to take blame for the accident. Myrtle’s husband Wilson goes out on a hunt to find the one who killed his wife. He found out that Jay Gatsby was the driver. Wilson headed out to find Gatsby.Gatsby was out in his pool when Wilson came and took a bullet to Jay’s head. Not long after Wilson shot Gatsby he turned the gun on himself. In the end, the life that he was longing for ended in great tragic. Nick tried to convince him in the novel that repeating the past was near impossible to do, Jay Gatsby just could not see that repeating his past with Daisy was going to be so much. Gatsby thought that having a huge mansion and lots of money would bring Daisy back to him for the fact he knew she attracted to the wealth of the high class.He knew that she was blinded by the money. But when you’ve got an object such as a child in Daisy’s case it is hard to see what is really best for you. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby tries to “repeat the past” little did he know it would all end in a complete disaster. So it’s true that you really can’t repeat your past no matter how hard you try. Five years might have not seemed like a long time to Gatsby but five years was long enough for Daisy to fall in love with someone else.Although Gatsby tried his hardest to win Daisy back over, life ended with tragic that could have been prevented. But stubborn Gatsby just wouldn’t give up the fight until either someone did it for him or he had Daisy.