How does Gatsby's hope inspire the hopes of others in The Great Gatsby? In chapter 1, Nick says that Gatsby's hope "was an extraordinary gift for hope." How is it so?
Nick sees Gatsby as a man who is not dedicated to the truth, per se, or to the trappings and limitations of accepted reality, but instead is dedicated to shaping his own world so that he one shining dream can come true. Gatsby loves Daisy (or the idea of marrying her) so much that he is willing to believe that he can repeat the past.
He says exactly this to Nick.
Concerning his behavior with Daisy, Nick tells him he can't repeat the past. “Can't repeat the past,” Gatsby replies, “Why of course you can!”
He dedicates his life to this end (i.e., recapturing Daisy) and, effectively, his entire story is the story of this pursuit.
The qualities of character that allow Gatsby not only to say this to Nick but to truly mean it are the qualities that in the end separate Gatsby from the other characters in the world of the novel.
While Gatsby is outwardly caught up in the same desires for wealth, glitz and glamour as other people, he is inwardly untouched by the shallowness of this material orientation.
Gatsby's single-mindednes is wrapped up in what Nick sees as a kind of innocence. This is an innocence that crime (bootlegging, etc.) cannot touch. This is an innocence that slander cannot touch, even as Gatsby is attacked in the press and to his face, called a fraud, and derided. None of this can diminish Gatsby's belief in his dream and therefore none of it...
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