Recently I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (spoilers)
I was expecting it to be kind of slow and I didn't think I would like it. However, I loved it. I thought it was a beautiful book.
There are so many beautiful quotes I could take from this book to talk about but I'm going to talk about the quote that I've been thinking about for days.
In The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan someone who he's always loved. She, however, is married to Tom Buchanan now after Gatsby left for the war.
Once Gatsby and Daisy are reunited all Gatsby wants is for Daisy to leave Tom and start over with him.
At the end of the book after Gatsby is dead the narrator says, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”(Fitzgerald 152).
Earlier in the book Gatsby told Nick that he believed the past could be changed. But with this quote, I think Nick is disagreeing with him. I believe with this quote he is saying that no matter how hard you beat on, no matter what odds you conquer the past will repeat itself.
No matter how much Gatsby loved Daisy something would always get in the way.
Before the book took place the fact that Gatsby was poor prevented him from marrying Daisy before Tom did. So Gatsby made a man of himself, beat all the odds then they were reunited. Before Gatsby could quite grasp that green light though he was killed and Daisy once again stayed with Tom.
Overall I loved this book. Jay Gatsby is such a beautiful and intriguing character. This book is now one of my favorites.