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In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is of course elated at having finally rekindled a relationship with Daisy. He is terribly nervous in the moments leading up to their reunion. After spending some time with her, he is enchanted but Nick notes that he is bewildered as well.
There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.
For five years, Gatsby had been building up this idealized vision of Daisy. While he was thrilled just to be in her presence, often commenting on the sound of her voice, he was also in a sense deflated because his elaborate quest had come to an end. Gatsby was enchanted but bewildered at having obtained an idealized goal which, for those five years, had literally been so close that it seemed within his grasp. But Gatsby's single-minded ambition to win Daisy back had overpowered any sense of deflation that his quest was over. Nick notes in the last few sentences that they had forgotten him as they were "possessed by intense life."
Chapter 5 in The Great Gatsby is a pivotal chapter in the novel. Gatsby has finally convinced Nick to help him have a meeting with Daisy. Gatsby has waited so long to be reunited with his lost love, and now that the moment is at hand, he is extremely nervous. Gatsby has worked so hard to get in the position to reunite with Daisy. He has spent years cultivating his wealth, just so he can have a chance with her. As the moment approaches he is concerned that things will not work out the way he has planned.
At the beginning of the chapter, we see Gatsby questioning himself. He is anxious and nervous, and has some reservations about the meeting. Nick has done his part by getting Daisy there. Gatsby even disappears for time, which goes to show that he is a bundle of nerves. At the first meeting between the two, there is some tension, but as the time wears on, we see that the two are connecting. The meeting goes so well, in fact, that Nick says they don't even know he's there anymore, and he slips away unnoticed.
At the end of the chapter, Gatsby is full of hope. He is excited about the possibilities of his future with Daisy. He actually believes that he and Daisy are going to be together. Gatsby, of course, can't know of the tragedies that are about to come knocking at his door.
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