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In chapter I the reader is briefly introduced to Gatsby’s world. Nick describes Gatsby with such words as “crass and vulgar materialism”. However he admires Gatsby for his dream, his “romantic readiness,” his “extraordinary gift for hope.” What is this dream Nick admires so much? The reader is left with this question until chapter IV when Jordan Baker reveals Gatsby’s past and ultimately his dream. Jordan reveals to Nick that Gatsby and Daisy were one time lovers but Gatsby was suddenly called away to war and by the time he arrived home Daisy had already married Tom. Furthermore, Jordan explains, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” Nick shocked by what he has just learned states “he came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.” The large mansion, the Rolls Royce, station wagon, the motor boats, the aquaplanes, the swimming pool were not to display his wealth, but instead he just used them as a setting to build the material world necessary to fulfill his dream. He not only has built up a material world to attract Daisy he has come up with a plan to win her love.
This plan is unfolded in Chapter IV, when the reader learns that Gatsby has arranged for Nick to invite Daisy for tea and makes sure Daisy doesn’t know he’ll be there, too.
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