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Then wear the gold hat if that will move her If you can bounce high bounce for her too Till she cry Lover gold-hatted high-bouncing lover I must have you Thomas Parke DInvilliers Jay Gatsby went through most of his life striving for a new beginning a chance to start over and succeed He forced that aspect of life into his own by changing his identity He was James Gatz a man whos unknown soul was left to linger in the past Now he is Jay Gatsby Gatsby does not realize that life can be difficult You can not just move on and pretend that the past never happened If you do not face the real and original you you will never find success or happiness in the way you wish to live your present life All through Gatsbys life he looked to the green light on the dock across the bay for hope and reassurance He needed to know that his dream was still as bright as it was the day he met Daisy Gatsby lived for an American dream 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 Pg104 Gatsby created himself to be his own hero through the eyes of a seventeen year old boy He began to wear that gold hat and rise in society with money friends and a love life he dreamed of returning You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me Pg71-72 Gatsby smothered himself in popularity to try and block out the memory of the man he was before his change He has been grieving for a love that he lost when drafted to the war His only hope left is a green light
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