In chapter six of The Great Gatsby the closing scene is a flashback to Daisy and Gatsby's first kiss as young lovers. Do you find this passage beautiful or sad?
There's a melancholy quality to this passage, an ache of sadness communicated through Fitzgerald's prose. What we as readers are hearing is Nick's distillation of what Gatsby told him of that first encounter. Nick describes Gatsby's storytelling as filled with "appalling sentimentality," but manages to preserve for us the essence of Gatsby's thoughts.
We learn that, even from the start, Daisy is, in part, a figment of Gatsby's imagination, a way for him to achieve...
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