In Chapter 6, Gatsby reveals that he wishes for Daisy to erase the years of her life during which they were apart and transport back to the last day they had been together in Louisville:
He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: “I never loved you.” After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken. One of them was that, after she was free, they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house — just as if it were five years ago.
Gatsby is desperate for Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him. If Gatsby could see Daisy as an actual person, he would understand that in the five years they were separated, she had her own life and time passed for her. During that time, she married Tom Buchanan and had a child by him. If Gatsby cared about Daisy as a person, he would not ask her to delete those years from her life. He would not want to go back in time. He would accept that time had...
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