Can someone give me an explain the metaphor in this quote from "The Great Gatsby" and link it back to the novel?"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his...

Can someone give me an explain the metaphor in this quote from "The Great Gatsby" and link it back to the novel?

"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his allusion"

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Over the years, Gatsby has made Daisy a perfect woman in his daydreams of getting her back. The statement above simply confirms this. During the time Gatsby is spending with the real Daisy, he must have realized that she was not as perfect as he had imagined. This, of course, was not Daisy's fault, because no one is perfect. But Gatsby had spent so much time imagining his reunion with Daisy that, in his own mind, she was perfect. Unfortunately, Gatsby does not allow himself to ever see her major shortcomings and that eventually costs him his own life.

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