Why did Gatsby buy a house across the bay from Daisy in The Great Gatsby?

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Gatsby buys his mansion across the bay from Daisy as part of what Nick calls "the colossal vitality of his illusion." Gatsby wants to reunite with Daisy, and the mansion serves two purposes in achieving that goal. First, it is in sight of Daisy and Tom's property; Daisy's home, and in particular, the green light at the end of her pier, is close to Gatsby, making Daisy feel almost within reach. Second, having a mansion so close to Daisy's home is the perfect setting for throwing the huge parties that he hopes will lure Daisy to someday cross his threshold.

Gatsby has a fortune but he does not have the social class that would allow him to approach the Buchanans, so he feels he has to proceed carefully. The mansion is part of his long-term plan.

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Gatsby buys the house in West Egg chiefly in order to be near to Daisy. Jordan tells Nick, who had thought this proximity to be mere coincidence, that "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” It is not entirely clear whether...

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