Man vs. self
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
Gatsby vs. Self
'What a grotesque thing a rose is.' Gatsby thought. 'This world I have created, it's not real. I have been breathing dreams like air. Daisy will never call, and for once I don't mind.'
Tom vs. Gatsby
I loved Daisy first and she still loves me.
She is my wife, and has vowed her love to me.
Gatsby vs Nature
I'm going to drain the pull today Mr. Gatsby.
No, please don't do that. I haven't used it all summer.
On page 161, Gatsby realizes that his life has been dedicated to materialism. He realizes this though as the bullets from Tom Wilson's gun hit him. Though this could be man vs man, man vs. self is so much stronger. Gatsby, in his last moments understands that this is not the man he wants to be, but it is too late.
Tom and Gatsby are fighting over who loves Daisy. Daisy herself, represents materialism. Gatsby represents new money and Tom represents old money. This particular scene expresses the conflict between the two groups and the materialism of the time.
The seasons are changing, which means time is passing. Gatsby wants to hold back time, so Daisy will remember that she loves him more than Tom. Gatsby tells the butler not to drain the pool as a way of controling time.
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