How is Gatsby introduced in the novel The Great Gatsby?  

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Nick introduces Jay Gatsby as a figure who seems larger than life—even calling him only by his last name, "Gatsby," as though the man were on par with Madonna or Lizzo or Beyonce, some legendary star who needs only one name to be known—in the very first chapter. He describes Gatsby as "gorgeous," a veritable innocent (ironically, given his criminal activities) who has an "extraordinary gift for hope." Gatsby believes in romance, specifically in his ability to rekindle and repeat a romance from the past, more so that any other person Nick says that he has ever known. Gatsby, it seems, is a dreamer.

Nick immediately introduces Gatsby as "all right," fundamentally more decent than the other people who are going to appear in the story, as he and his innocent dreams are juxtaposed with the "foul dust" that Nick says "floated in the wake of [them]." In other words, Gatsby's dreams are pure and good, as opposed to the actions, values, and behaviors of the others characters who will "prey" on...

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