What evidence is there that Gatsby never completely gave up his dream...in ch 8???
In Chapter 8, Gatsby tells Nick about when he met Daisy and fell in love with her. He falls in love with her before he goes to war. While he's away, Daisy meets Tom. She writes Gatsby a letter telling him about Tom. Gatsby tells Nick, "I don't think she ever loved him."
Gatsby comes back to Louisville while Daisy and Tom are still on their honeymoon. He hangs around the city and visits all the different places that he and Daisy had gone to. Throughout this explanation he still says that Daisy never loved Tom and always loved him more.
In relating his tale of when he first met Daisy, he states that as she disappeared into her house, he knew that one day he would be with her again. They were just young kids, and he set his goals based on a fleeting romance with a girl he never really knew.
His need for wealth and grandeur, all to impress Daisy, is apparent in this chapter.
We also read that Gatsby was something of a ladies' man before he met Daisy. He had a great deal of charm and that wondrous smile of his that opened more than one door. We are told that Gatsby was used to having women on his own terms, but when he kissed Daisy for the first time, she was the only one he wanted from that point on.