Paragraph Writing. 1-0-1. Step 1: Topic Sentence.
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If offered the chance to recommend The Great Gatsby to a friend, I would recommend the text because of its illustration of how obsessing over the past can only lead to pain and suffering. Throughout the text, Gatsby is constantly longing for the one thing he cannot possibly possess, the past. His unwillingness to look beyond the past is best illustrated when he responds to Nick Caraway’s claim that you can’t repeat the past with “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” With this simple response to Nick’s proclamation that the past cannot be recaptured, Gatsby demonstrates his one fatal flaw, an inability to live beyond the past. This flaw is one that eventually consumes Gatsby and destroys him. Through Gatsby’s tragic death, audiences are able to gain an understanding of how important it is to move beyond the past and to live life to the fullest lest they become consumed, too. For this simple yet important lesson, I feel this book should be recommended to other people.