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In The Great Gatsby, Nick also explains his disillusionment with mankind. What about Gatsby causes this disillusionment?  

In The Great Gatsby, Nick is disillusioned with mankind because of their shallow and "shortwinded elations." In contrast, Gatsby lives with an eternal sense of hope, always believing that his dreams were on the verge of being realized, and everything he did was focused on a singular, hopeful goal.

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Nick explains early in the novel that following the loss of Gatsby, he temporarily lost interest "in the abortive sorrows and shortwinded elations of men." Compared to Gatsby, the other characters in the novel disgust Nick by the novel's end. Daisy, the object of Gatsby's adoration, rejects him despite his great dreams for her. Although Daisy killed Myrtle in a hit-and-run, she is never implicated in Myrtle's death and gets away with it. She returns to Tom, who is responsible for sending Wilson to Gatsby's house, thereby being responsible for Gatsby's murder. In every way, it seems that the characters of the story use Gatsby's strengths as weaknesses, and despite all he has accomplished in order to win Daisy's heart, he dies alone.

In contrast, Nick recalls the way Gatsby lived his life:

It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.

Gatsby dreamed bigger than anyone Nick had ever met...

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