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Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM via web

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What is a quote from The Great Gatsby that gives readers a sense of frustration towards Gatsby in his love for Daisy?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:02 PM (Answer #1)

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Completely beguiled by Daisy and so confirmed in his delusion of being able repeat a past love, "carry[ing] well-forgotten dreams from age to age," Jay Gatsby becomes a virtual slave to his love. This slavish devotion to Daisy is no more evident than in Chapter Seven in which Gatsby's ethereal dream becomes completely tainted. For, after the confrontation between Tom and Gatsby, who blindly declares about Daisy "in her heart she never loved anyone except me!" Daisy begs Tom to leave the city. In his arrogance, he tells her to drive home with Gatsby, who will not bother her any more. So, she and Gatsby depart in what is later referred to by the newspapers as the "death car."

After Tom learns that Myrtle has been run over, he assumes that Gatsby has hit her, when, in fact, it is, ironically, his wife who has committed the crime. Gatsby explains to Nick what has occurred, and he declares that he will defend Daisy,

I'm just going to wait here and see if he tries to bother her about that unpleasantness this afternoon. 

If Tom tries any "brutality," Daisy is to flip the lights on and off as a signal for Gatsby.  However, in reality, Tom and Daisy conspire together on a plan to implicate Gatsby. After Nick observes their "unmistakable air of natural intimacy," he urges Gatsby to come home and sleep. However, Gatsby adamantly shakes his head:

"I want to wait here till Daisy goes to bed.  Good night, old sport."

Nick narrates that Gatsby turns back with eagerness to watch the windows "as though my presence marred the sacredness of the vigil."  Disappointed in his friend, Nick heads home and leaves Gatsby "standing there in the moonlight--watching over nothing."

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