How does Gatsby try to repeat the past?

How does Gatsby try to repeat the past?


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Gatsby tries to repeat the past by continuously pursuing Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy first meat when Gatsby is in the army. Gatsby comes from a lower-class farming family, while Daisy's family is very wealthy. The two fall in love, but Gatsby cannot marry Daisy because of his position in the army and his financial situation. After leaving the army, Gatsby amasses a vast personal fortune and relocates to West Egg. He throws lavish parties in the hopes of coming back into contact with Daisy, who lives nearby. Gatsby uses Nick Carraway, Daisy's cousin, as an intermediary to reintroduce him into Daisy's life. At this point, however, Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, with whom she has a child. Gatsby nevertheless manages to meet with Daisy, and the two begin a brief affair. Gatsby attempts to convince Daisy to leave her husband and continue their previous relationship, and this almost works out until Tom intervenes and reality sets in. At this point, Gatsby's whole purpose of being is to win Daisy back. His repeated attempts to win Daisy back are the way in which he lives in the past, and it ultimately results in his premature death. 

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