The Great Gatsby

chapter 5-6 63

plato held that reality was an imperfect reflection of an ideal, permanent realm. With this in mind, what would you say Nick means when he says that “Jay Gatsby sprang from his platonic conception of himself”?

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Gatsby was in love with an illusion that never really happened. Reality could never measure up to his fantasy. Reality is harsh; reality is messy; reality is often be painful. Gatsby cannot recreate an illusion: life does not work like that.