Platonic Conception

What is the platonic conception of Gatsby in The Great Gatsby?

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In this description of Jay Gatsby Nick is referring to the idea of the Platonic ideal, a philosophical construct presented by Plato in Ancient Greece.  According to this theory every object and every being has an ideal representation, a “perfect” iteration, if you will, upon which its form in this world is based.  For example, if you consider a series of desk chairs, they are based on a similar design and yet remain different, remain flawed in different ways.  They are functional but they are not a perfect ideal.  Therefore there must exist an ideal in some abstract world, otherwise we would have nothing upon which to base the structure and function of these real, flawed chairs.

Likewise with concepts such as love, truth, despair…the ways in which we experience these things are mere copies of their ideal forms, and as such subject to idiosyncrasy.  With the creation of all things in this tangible world we naturally strive toward as genuine a copy of these ideals as possible.  So,...

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