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Everybody seems to have an obsession with time People are always looking for a way to travel in time or change what happened previously in time Jay Gatsby in F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is one of these people The whole novel is centered on the idea of the past present and future References to time occur all throughout the book in varying forms some hardly noticeable Altogether including compound words the word time itself is mentioned 450 times in the story signifying definite importance Gatsby could not think about anything except for his past with Daisy therefore ruining any chance he had with her later on and ruining any chance of life for him His dreams corrupted him and in the end killed him He lived only for a cause that caused only his death Jay Gatsby an idealist was tormented by his love for Daisy He was consumed completely by it He yearned for the love that they had in the past to the extent of wanting to not only to return to the love that they had for each other but to completely erase the past five years His view of Daisy is a perfect possibly Platonic conception like he pictured Jay Gatsby to be when he created his other self After they kiss though the relationship starts to decay but not according to Gatsbys perspective Gatsby had an immeasurable standard for Daisy to live up to which she of course could not do As Robert Stallman put it in his article Conrad and the Great Gatsby Though Gatsby trades on time and bargains with the clock he never trades on the dream that possesses him Stallman 7 Nick says after Gatsby is killed Almost five years There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion Fitzgerald 101 When Daisy
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