As We Reminisce About The Past - time in Fitzgerald's 'Great Gatsby'.

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In "The Great Gatsby", the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, sort of plays around with the time of the story. In the beginning of Chapter Six, Nick tells the reader about Gatsby's past and how he had changed his name. "James Gatz--that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen..." (104) As Nick finds out information about Gatsby, he narrates it to the reader. He "stops" the story and goes back into the past to when Gatsby, legally James Gatz, was a teenager.

As Gatsby leans on the clock, slowly it starts to fall. Before it falls and breaks into pieces, Gatsby catches it and sits down in boredom. The clock scene represents how time is just there for them to spare. If they just sit there for a minute, an hour, or even a day, it doesn't matter to them because they don't care.

They don't have anything to really do that is important, so they aren't wasting their time. If the clock broke, it wouldn't make a difference to them because they have so many more "clocks" to use.

When Nick unexpectedly sees Gatsby and Daisy together, they tell him how they know each other from before. " 'We haven't met for many years,' said Daisy, her voice as matter-of-fact as it could ever be." (92) This was sort of a reunion for the two of them after almost five years. Gatsby and Daisy were there, talking and recollecting memories from their past, together.