Fitzgerald condemns his readers to the knowledge that the American dream is not the key to eudemonia but rather the stair way which once started upon leads inescapably to destruction. When we refuse to accept reality, we lose it completely.
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It is Nick who describes Gatsby's transformation from "young Gatz" to "Jay Gatsby", likening it to Platonic conception. It is in this sense that Gatsby has ultimately doomed himself. Plato's beings were perfect, ideals of human aspirations, formed by the infallible sculptor, in contrast, "the vague contour of
Regardless of the fact that this "ideal Gatsby" is fundamentally flawed, Gatsby's inability to truly become the ideal also hinders him. He is neither one thing nor the other, instead he dances along the precipice, unable to bear being "young Gatz" but also unable to transform completely into "
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