In Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby forces Daisy to say she has never loved Tom. How does this show that Gatsby loves her and is willing to do anything to be with her?

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At this point, Gatsby is desperate to hold on to his chance to be with Daisy, so he feels the need to take an extreme measure. He wants certain confirmation of where he stands with Daisy. And, importantly, Gatsby also wants to be able to erase the possibility that she ever loved anyone but him, which stems from Gatsby's desire to go back in time and relive the past.


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For Jay Gatsby, at this point, when everything is out in the open, Daisy's confession that she never loved Tom, is a public affirmation that she loves him. Even though Daisy admits this with some reluctance, it is convincing enough proof that she, if she never loved Tom, does not love him still and, therefore, that she must love him.

It is easy to see how naive this belief is, since the one does not necessarily exclude or cancel out the other. Jay, however, was prepared to push Daisy into making this statement because he wants all of her. The fact that he has driven her into making such a statement proves that he is so...

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