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What is meant by the "unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was...

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passagesix | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2009 at 3:34 AM via web

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What is meant by the "unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's wing"?

How are Gatsby's dreams initially a "satisafactory hint" of this?

This quote is in the beginning of chapter 6.

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 10, 2009 at 11:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby's dreams of impressing Daisy, winning her back and returning to the love they had are all unrealistic--Daisy is married, and, while Daisy and Gatsby may entertain an affair for a brief period of time, Daisy is married to Tom.  Those bonds could not be broken easily by women in those days.

The quote from the narrator, Nick, is implying that things are always what we want them to be--what we may consider as a reality may be completely untrue.  Gatsby has been so delusioned by the idea of winning Daisy back that he concentrates on nothing but that, when, in reality, she won't leave Tom.  All the glamour and glitz of Daisy and Tom's life has overshadowed (originally) Nick's view of their marriage and what it's really like.  We think something may be secure (a life, a relationship, an economy), but the rock we thought it was built on was just resting on a fairy's wing.

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