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58). This renewal of hope, based on the need to change and to look again at the way people live, carries with it the contemporary concern for ecology and the traditional belief s of possibility. For Lopez, these elements are closely related to the land, the wisdom of ancient tribes, nature and to the actual knowledge of modernity, working together and ‘rethinking our relationships’ (Lopez 1988: 198). As he wrote in Arctic Dreams (1986), there is a need for an altered perspective to imagine afresh the way to a lasting security of the soul and heart, and toward an accommodation in the flow of time we call history, ours and the world’s.
Again and again in American culture, there has been a belief in the possibility of renewal set alongside doubts and questionings about the reality of such a concept. This has often been interpreted as a naïve, superficial dream associated with the mythic portrayals of America as the promised land and a new Eden. This ‘new’ continent seemed to offer the last great hope for mankind to begin again and put right all the wrongs of the Old World. The truth of such claims was quickly dispelled and yet it survived as a structural myth in American culture.
Experiencing the narrative’s dark moments and its radiant dreams is to fall into these contradictions embodied in Gatsby himself, who is ‘the poet of openness, the future, the green light’. And ‘On the other hand, his most profound profession of faith is that the past can “of course” be repeated; he is a prophet of stasis’ (Holquist 1991:180). This tension between stasis and the future is part of the network of contradictions and conflicts that one must acknowledge in any consideration of an American identity wrestling with diversity and unity, assimilation and separation, individualism and community.