What does it mean when Nick says," a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's dream."Chapter Six of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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As the embodiment of the transcendence of man from reality to his own world of his imagination, Gatsby becomes "his Platonic conception of himself," an almost mythic hero. For, in his “Myths for Materialists” Mr. Jacques Barzun states that whether in fact or fiction,men who express their destinies, aspirations, or attitudes are invested with a mythical character.  As such a mythic character, Gatsby believes in the

...unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's wing.

That is, Gatsby believes that he can recreate the past and reclaim Daisy now that he is wealthy since, after all, Daisy married Tom Buchanan for his wealth.  Therefore, he asks Nick to bring Daisy to his home so that she can view the resplendence in which he lives.  When Daisy arrives, her voice plays "murmurous tricks in her throat." But, as Nick says, Gatsby's "extraordinary gift for hope" is what makes him all right amid the profusion of champagne and the "many-colored, many keyed commotion." He cannot imagine that Daisy can refuse him; he believes in "the unreality of reality."

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