At the end of chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, about the symbol of ladder, what does it mean by "he could climb to it, if he climbed alone" and "he knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of god." Does it mean Gatsby would succeed if he did not fall in love with Daisy? Are the blossom and incarnation later symbols of success or failure? Please explain with the consideration of imagery from The Great Gatsby.
The quotes about Gatsby climbing a ladder and his mind never again romping both mean that Gatsby's obsession with Daisy was ill-fated. He could not succeed at his goal of achieving Daisy's love because he could not increase his wealth and social status quickly enough. The imagery of the blossom also connotes a fast withering, meaning the love did not last long. The incarnation recalls Jesus, making Daisy an unattainable spiritual target for Gatsby.
Right after Gatsby's infamous outburst of, "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!" Nick relays a flashback scene from five years prior. It was when Gatsby and Daisy kissed for the first time. This moment is important, Nick says, because it was the moment Gatsby set his heart on winning Daisy. Through this, he limited his dreams for his future. The dream of possessing her essentially sets Gatsby up for failure. He views Daisy as the one thing that makes life worth living.
The ladder imagery is meant to suggest the idea of climbing "the economic ladder," but it suggests a spiritual state as...
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