Writers tend to read over their own papers pretty quickly, with the knowledge of what they are trying to argue already in their minds. Reading in this way can cause you to skip over gaps in your written argument because the gap-filler is in your head. A problem occurs when your reader falls into these gaps. Your reader wants you to make the necessary connections from one thought or sentence to the next. When you don’t, the reader can become confused or frustrated. Think about when you read something and you struggle to find the most important points or what the writer is trying to say. Isn’t that annoying? Doesn’t it make you want to quit reading and surf the web or call a friend?
The sad lesson of the lives of the author and the character he created is that the need to dream dies when overindulgence overtakes a person and he receives everything he desires. Life was not perfect for Fitzgerald after he had achieved his dream of a newly successful career and marriage. “For a moment the delights of anticipation remained a part of the achievement. At the same time Fitzgerald knew that fulfillment destroys the dream” (Mizener 129). This sentiment is expressed in The Great Gatsby when the title character’s self-centeredness makes him cry out incredulously, “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald 116). Gatsby wants the past that he and Daisy shared, but the new Daisy cannot give it to him. “A long-cherished, sentimental illusion can be shattered by a mere brush with reality…Gatsby’s enormous dream is bound to suffer from any contact with reality…[Gatsby] has ‘paid a high price for living too long with a single dream’…He wanted to repeat the past, and the present fails him. He wanted to make up for his loss, and a greater loss awaits him” (Perosa 64-68). Despite his perceived self-absorption, Gatsby is willing to take the blame for the car accident in which Daisy kills her husband’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson; ultimately, this most selfless act leads to Gatsby’s death at the hands of Myrtle’s enraged husband, George Wilson.
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