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In The Great Gatsby, why does Fitzgerald use the words "hope" and "dreams" so often?

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the terms "hope" and "dreams" throughout the novel to remind readers of the importance of putting one's hope in things that are meaningful and worthwhile. Through Gatsby's dreams of Daisy, he shows the futility of dreaming for things that have been lost in the past.

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Let's first look at a few places where these words are used. (Bold added in the textual examples for emphasis.)

When Gatsby begins to grasp that Daisy really has gone home to Tom following the tragedy with Myrtle, he still clings to the idea of her that he has carried for so many years. Nick notes,

He wouldn’t consider it. He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free.

When Daisy finally stands in his home after all Gatsby's plans that span five years of his life, Nick wonders if he truly realizes Daisy for the very real (and flawed) woman she is:

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 illusion.

When Tom exposes Gatsby's wealth as not being reputable enough for Daisy's liking, she begins to slip away from Gatsby:

He began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his...

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