The Running Man by Mary Hatch, reminds me of the book The Great Gatsby. I almost feel as though Gatsby is a character that runs away from who he truly is, just to impress Daisy. Although he does admit to his feelings of loving Daisy Miller, he changes who he really is by impressing her with his “wealth”.

Gatsby was born on a farm in North Dakota. When he met Daisy while training to be an officer in Louisville, he began to fall in love with her just like he used to in the past. Meanwhile, Gatsby made his fortune through criminal activity, he is willing to do anything to gain the social position he believes is necessary to win back Daisy’s love from Tom.

With this said, in the painting the man running looks to be a wealthy and young looking man. He wears a hat and suit and is holding pink flowers. I can imagine this man as Gatsby running to Daisy and giving her these flowers as a gratitude of his love for her.

“I wouldn’t ask too much from her,” I ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.”
“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house just out of reach of his hand.
“I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,” he said, nodding determinedly. “She’ll see.”
(Fitzgerald, 1925, p.110)

Below is a picture from the movie The Great Gatsby, and i just thought that is was a good example of Gatsy dressed up really fancy for Dais, just to impress her.


The Great Gatsby (1974)
Robert Redford and Mia Farrow

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