I tried to think about Gatsby then for a moment, but he was already too far away, and I could only remember, without resentment, that Daisy hadn’t sent a message or a flower.
The idea that Gatsby was “too far away” alludes to the final passage of the book:
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Agreeing on some level with the explanation by LeFlair on the final passage, the nature of the American dream is to move on and strive for a better future regardless of the past. Even for Nick, a man who is obviously heavily influenced by Gatsby, struggles to think about his dear friend at his funeral because it is the tendency of the American Dream to forget. The only thought that passes through Nick’s mind is the fact that Gatsby never attained the “green light, the orgastic future” that is Daisy. If the past is supposed to be forgotten and a fruitful future is unattainable, Fitzgerald states that the American Dream is not meant to be a realistic goal, but instead, to give meaning and hope to life itself.
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