So we beat on…

October 17, 2008 at 11:14 am (All Things Gatsby, Book, F Scott Fitzgerald) (, , , , , )

The last line of The Great Gatsby is one of the most famous lines in American Literature:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.

Why do you think that Fitzgerald chose to conclude The Great Gatsby  with this sentiment?

Is it possible for one to both transcend and re-create the past to achieve their goals? 

Do you think that it was Gatsby’s fate to be locked in this timeless struggle?

Could this be a statement not only about the human psyche, but the American Dream?

What does this line mean to you?
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1 Comment

  1. queensrook said,

    It almost eerily prophetic, don’t you think?
    This was written right before the stock market crash- a time when surely many Americans who had been laughing away the “roaring twenties” were now soberly in the midsts of the Great Depression and longing for the good old days.

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