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How was Gatsby trying to stop time?

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cammo808 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 19, 2009 at 4:20 PM via web

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How was Gatsby trying to stop time?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 20, 2009 at 1:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Gastby was not trying to stop time but to turn time back. He wanted to return to the time when Daisy loved him. He never understands that she rejected him, not because he was poor, but because he was not born into her social class of old money. He believes that if he just has money, Daisy will leave Tom for him. However, Daisy is more in love with the power and prestige that old money can buy, than she is with a newly rich young man. Nick tries to tell Gatsby that he cannot turn time back, but Gatsby is too naive to believe Nick.

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