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Does Gatsby really love Daisy in The Great Gatsby? I think Gatsby loved Daisy for what she represented, but I need proof from the text.

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As a young man, Jay Gatsby was fascinated by Daisy Buchanan's life of luxury and amazed by the wealth of her family. Daisy embodied everything Jay Gatsby dreamed of and idolized. After briefly courting Daisy, Gatsby left America to fight in WWI but never forgot her. Upon returning to America, Daisy continued to haunt Gatsby's memory, and he entered the illegal bootlegging industry with the hopes of climbing the social ladder and winning her heart. To Gatsby, Daisy represented the American Dream, financial stability, and upper-class status. In chapter 5, Gatsby is reintroduced to Daisy and Nick comments on Gatsby's attitude toward her, which gives insight into Gatsby's perception of Daisy. Nick mentions:

As I went over to say goodbye I saw that the expression of bewilderment had come back into Gatsby’s face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness. Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of...

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