Connor JonesMr. McGillEnglish IIJanuary 16, 2018The Great GatsbyThe past cannot be altered, changed, or erased no matter how bad someone may want it. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby has an insane desire to repeat what happened before he was sent off to war. Yet at the same time, he wishes for the past to be forgotten when Daisy was with Tom, as well as where he came from. This is clearly evident throughout the novel. It begins when he buys a house just across the bay from Daisy when Gatsby throws his huge parties and denies his past when he denounces himself as “son of god” Nick Carraway first sees Gatsby standing on his dock looking across the water towards the green light attached to Daisy’s pier. Standing out there looking across the bay makes it obvious why Gatsby bought the house across from her, so he would know where she was and always have an eye on her. His obsession with Daisy makes him do absurd things like sitting out on his dock every night and watch that house knowing that the girl he loves is in there. That pier and light represent a dream Gatsby has and is so obsessed that he has led himself to believe that it is possible to once be with Daisy again. The light represents the past he’s chasing because when he first met Daisy she was wealthy and had lots of respect. Gatsby was just a poor soldier at the time and knew there is no way they could end up together in the situation he was in. Not only did Tom buy his house so he can look at Daisy, but also to get her attention. Gatsby throws magnificent parties, with hundreds of people showing up who he doesn’t even know. The juice from over 200 oranges is extracted every week only for these parties. The huge pool in the backyard never gets used by Gatsby, just there for appearance. People attend these parties just for the food, entertainment, and what they consider the ideal way to live in the roaring twenties. There is also a bit of corruption throughout these parties, as many men chat with other girls, leaving their wives in despair. Gatsby doesn’t just go all out with the parties, he buys a yellow Rolls Royce and has every color shit you could imagine. He purchases all this so he can show Daisy he has so much wealth to give her and how she will be able to live very comfortably with him. This is ironic, however, because Daisy is not very excited or impressed when she eventually attends one of the parties. She doesn’t feel like she belongs in this environment because the old money her husband has is a whole different type of lifestyle. This also adds to the idea that Gatsby would never be able to be with Daisy, because the lifestyle he is living is not what she is used to, and has connections with organized crime, whereas Tom’s money is clean and has been handed down from generation to generation. The type of money Gatsby has made needs to be “flexed”, by making everything around you lavish. Daisy still lives in a very large mansion, but do not throw parties nearly to the extent that Gatsby does. The lifestyle Gatsby and her friends live is because of boredom, and need a way to pass the time. Not only does Gatsby want to relive his past, but wants to forget a part of it, the time which he was a young boy living with his poor parent farmers. In chapter seven, the book states: “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people–his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God–a Phrase which, if it means anything, means just that–and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception, he was faithful to the end”. This quote explains that he was trying to deny the roots he came from and wanted to create a new image for himself as a means so daisy would be impressed. This works, until Tom starts to uncover the truth about Gatsby. Overall, Gatsby is attempting to alter his past just so he can be with the girl of his dreams.In conclusion, Gatsby has become so obsessed with getting back together with Daisy he is willing to spend years of work and millions of dollars in any way to get her back. Gatsby burns almost all his income on Daisy without her really knowing it, because he doesn’t want any of the material objects, just Daisy. Daisy is not even impressed by all these objects since she is used to having money while keeping class. Gatsby’s dream of being with Daisy will never happen, he is chasing a dream which will never come true.