The Great Gatsby: Time As A Key Dimension To One's Life's Theme



Time is an idea described in different periods and aspects, for
example philosophical, psychological, physical and biological. This time
flows evenly but is broken into the past, present and future. Since we
only live in the present forever planning for our futures and dreams, when
we try to live in the past it restricts our future. Throughout
Fitzgerald's novel, Gatsby wasted time and his life for a single dream, and
it was his illusion of his ideal future that made time a key dimension in
his life.
Gatsby suffers from past memories of Daisy and tries to relive the
relationship and in the process Gatsby was murdered. Nick says, "Almost
five years! There must have been moments ...

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illusions of the past preoccupying all his
thoughts, he forgets about the key dimension he exists in which is the
present.
Although Gatsby was persistent on reliving the past, Gatsby vaguely
lived for the present. This is apparent when he cancels his biology by
leaving home, changing his name, and leaving his heritage behind which was
not done by following the past. In the past Jay Gatsby made, "...a
platonic conception of himself". What Nick said about Gatsby's platonic
theory of himself was that Gatsby "...was a son of God". From Jay Gatsby's
theory he makes a ideal conception of himself, of which he projects himself
into the future. Ultimately Gatsby is left with the choices to "...suck on
the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder," or kiss Daisy
and "...his mind would never romp again like the mind of God". In Gatsby's
choices he is to climb "the ladder" to God which represents Gatsby's future
or choose Daisy and choose the past. Since Gatsby ...

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