The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby
Chapter 8
1. The author interrupts the story to show the understanding of how Gatsby’s dream developed. Gatsby fell in unconditional love with Daisy the moment he met her and desired her deeply, “He knew Daisy was extraordinary, but he didn’t realize how extraordinary a ‘nice girl’ can be”. Gatsby felt uncomfortable in Daisy's house because she was simply from a finer world than him. When he finally made love to her, it was because he wasn't dignified enough to have any other relationship. Nick reveals that Gatsby misled her, too, making her believe he was in a position to offer her the safety and financial security of a good marriage, when in fact all he had to give was some lousy undying love. In the war, Gatsby did well for himself. He tried to get home as soon as the war was over, but through some administrative error or possibly the hand of God, he was sent to Oxford. 3. Chapter 8 shows the intensity of Gatsby’s love for daisy. Gatsby tells Nick the story of his first meeting with Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy first met in Louisville in 1917. He says that he loved her for her youth and vitality, and idolized her social position, wealth, and popularity. He adds that she was the first girl to whom he ever felt close and that he lied about his background to make her believe that he was worthy of her, “She was the first ‘nice’ girl he had ever know”. Nick realizes the depths of Gatsby’s love for Daisy when Gatsby says to Nick, “I can’t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her, old sport”. Of course, Daisy did not wait; she married Tom, who was her social equal and the choice of her parents. 5. Nick compliments Gatsby by telling him that, “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together” (Gatsby, 146).  This statement is true because compared to the carelessness of Tom and Daisy; Jay Gatsby was a great man. Also, the sincerity of Gatsby’s pursuit and his dream is far more genuine then the superficiality of Tom, Daisy and Jordan....
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