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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—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Ch 9
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Gatsby chased the future. He wanted it so badly bring life to his illusions that he lost sight of reality. Unfortunately all Gatsby's wealth cannot control time and fate. Gatsby could not simply will emotions and circumstances to occur. He ends up only battling himself and chasing his own lonely sad fate.