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In chapter 8, why is Gatsby's love for Daisy described in religious terms?

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badminton | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 17, 2007 at 7:58 AM via web

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In chapter 8, why is Gatsby's love for Daisy described in religious terms?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 17, 2007 at 8:13 AM (Answer #1)

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I assume you are referencing the comment by Nick that Gatsby found "...he had committed himself to the following of a grail." The Holy Grail is an elusive object, but an object that has been an obsession for some people through the ages.  Like the Holy Grail, Daisy is elusive - Jay can never have her - and she is Jay's obsession.

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