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Gatsby doesn't feel he is operating "under false pretenses." In his steadfast blindness to everything that does not support and contribute to his perception of the ideal American dream he has created for himself, he is certain that Daisy will eventually come to love him in the same way that he loves her.
As a result of this determination and dedication to the achievement of this goal, Gatsby creates situations in which he and Daisy can come together and fantasizes about other circumstances in which their paths crossed, but not in the way he chooses to remember. To him, however, it is reality, and nothing anyone else says or does can take it away from him. There is no falsehood involved, as Gatsby sees it.
I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was...
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