What does Gatsby represent to Nick?

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Gatsby represents the ideal American Dream to Nick for good reasons as well as bad, which gives us something to think about as readers... although ambition is admirable, do we ever want to pursue something so seriously that it ends up hurting people?

Gatsby was successful, you could call him popular because of his parties, and Nick noted that. Nick wanted to spend time with Gatsby and hoped to be his friend. The phrase Gatsby donned on him, "old sport", made Nick feel liked.

On the other hand, Nick saw through Gatsby. Nick goes to great lengths at the beginning of chapter 1 and the end of chapter 3 to tell us how honest he is, which should make us believe his narration over anything...

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