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In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, what are Gatsby's feelings by the end of the...

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In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, what are Gatsby's feelings by the end of the chapter?

This is in chapter 5.

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 24, 2012 at 5:24 AM (Answer #1)

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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." 

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