The Great Gatsby

7. Although Gatsby professed to love Daisy, there is a sense that he was not in love with her as much as he was in love with the idea of her. Where can you find evidence of Gatsby's devotion to an ideal rather than an actual person?


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Gatsby wanted to repeat the past, or at least his illusion of it. Despite Daisy being married Gatsby wants to re-create a time when he fell in love with Daisy. It is an idealized version of the past that Gatsby craves. It's been 5 years since he last seen Daisy. Gatsby wants to ignore the years that he wasn't near Daisy and simply carry on with his fantasy.Gatsby's fantasy becomes his reality.