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  • Romance
    • Nostalgia
      • Gatsby's 'love' is corrupted by nostalgia
      • Illusion of the American Dream
        • James Gatz: 'Each night he added to the pattern of his fancies', 'the clock ticked on the wash stand'
        • 'He could climb to [the ladder] ... and once there he could **** on the pap of life'
        • Gatsby's 'Schedule'
      • Daisy is preoccupied with ideas of adoration; seeks this: 'Do they miss me?', 'are you in love with me ...?'
      • Relationship told in flashbacks; romanticised/filtered: 'Shining hair', 'it was a cold fall day', Daisy 'dressed in white', 'red, white, and blue banners in front of all the houses'. 'White with moonlight', 'a stir and bustle among the stars'
      • Daisy misunderstood/romanticised: 'perhaps Daisy never went in for amour at all- and yet there's something in that voice of hers', '"But it's so hot," insisted Daisy, on the verge of tears'- overwhelmed
      • 'Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols'
    • True love
      • Is true love possible in 1920s America?
        • Nick and Jordan: 'you threw me over on the telephone', 'half in love with her'- love not fully possible
        • Motif of bad marriages
        • Marriage underneath the party: 'portentous chords' vs argument
        • Dan Cody and Ella Kaye: 'Ella Kaye came on board one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody inhospitably died'
        • Daisy is simply a 'nice' girl whom he 'felt married to', 'a grail', 'gleaming like silver'- formal and detached. Gatsby goes after her because of her wealth: 'her porch was bright with the bought luxury of star shine', 'ripe mystery' about her house- romanticised and objectified: just the pathway to being 'safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor'
        • Intercepted with phone calls, romantic anticlimaxes
      • Nick and Gatsby: 'You're worth the whole damn bunch put together',   Nick 'erased' an 'obscene word' on Gatsby's house
      • Myrtle's lovers: 'Tears were overflowing down [Tom's] face', Wilson 'swaying back and forth'


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