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"The vitality of his illusion had gone beyond Daisy- beyond everything." 

A. He was mentally unstable and unable to cope with reality.
B. He had, through his years of dreaming, made her larger-than-life.
C. The meeting was not as good as he had fantasized, and he was very disappointed.

This question is part of The Great Gatsby 5/28/11 Multiple Choice Questions (Part 2)
Asked by Verdun, Last updated: Sep 17, 2020

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Danny R. Glover

Danny R. Glover

Danny R. Glover
Danny R. Glover, Editor, New York City

Answered Aug 23, 2018

The writer is trying to fathom the immense love for daisy. He means that through his years of dreaming, he had finally made her larger than life. This is an expression or a metaphor that writers often use to portray a specific image of the relationship.

It is not as if he is mentally unstable or incapable of understanding the reality. Instead, it’s his desire that he portrayed by saying that he dreamt of her so much that he actually materialized her into a life like form. It is an expression of love and longing for the person that makes his longing and yearning into a reality.

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered May 11, 2017

He had, through his years of dreaming, made her larger-than-life.
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