What kind of person is Gatsby, as seen through Nick's eyes?
Nick surrounds the Gatsby he brings to life on the page with a haze of romance, admiring him for his audacious ability to dream big. As the novel opens, Nick notes that he himself has come out of his summer experiences in New York deeply disillusioned with humankind—except for the lone example of Gatsby. He writes of Gatsby:
If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away.
Gatsby, as Nick describes him, is a person who tries to enact the American Dream of turning back the hands of time in order to recreate the past and get it right the second time around. Gatsby wants to start over again with Daisy as if the five intervening years that have separated them, which include...
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