In The Great Gatsby, what morals, values, or goals are expressed and described?
The novel focuses on Gatsby's goal, or dream, which is to turn back the clock and recreate the magic moment five years past when he and Daisy first fell in love. When Nick tells Gatsby you can't repeat the past, he is incredulous. "Of course you can," he responds.
In fact, Gatsby can't achieve this dream of going back in time: Daisy has moved on, married, and had a child. She may indulge in a flirtation with Gatsby, but she's not willing to leave her husband and child, no matter how unhappy she might be.
Nick ties Gatsby's desire to go back to a purer, more pristine time to the American dream as a whole. Nick says that when the European settlers first saw this unsettled, unspoiled green land they dreamed of going back to an Edenic beginning and recreating everything anew.
Nick admires the dream or goal that motivates Gatsby's whole life, even if it is impossible. Nick also admires honesty as moral value, and attributes it to himself as a cardinal virtue, but he is not altogether honest about...
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