Throughout the novel, the character Gatsby reflects the past and tries to recaptures something that was lost.  He is obsessed about rekindling his love for Daisy and what they had when they were young. Gatsby is stuck not being able to change the past and stuck not being able to move forward because of it. In some ways, I pitied this character because I feel like if he didn’t hold on to the memory of Daisy and how he wanted her back, all of Gatsby’s effort would have been for nothing, and if it wasn’t for his desire to be rich with a high social class, perhaps his life to him was not worth living.