“Conception” has to do with the creation of Gatsby
himself; Gatsby is a self-made man financially. The key point is his love for Daisy
and the reminiscence of their little love episode. “Platonic” comes from its
noun form Platonism which means ‘the philosophy of Plato stressing especially
that actual things are copies of transcendent ideas and these ideas are the
objects of true knowledge apprehended by reminiscence’ (Merriam Webster). Plato believed the world that we live in was an
illusion of an idea or object that is beyond what we humans can comprehend.

Gatsby’s identity was created from his platonic view of himself: his view that his
love for Daisy was transcendent, it was beyond the normal, and it trumped the
usual human limits. He made himself, his reputation and image to win Daisy’s
heart back, believing their love was something pure and special. However, he
was wrong about Daisy’s love for him, which tying back into the beginning of
the novel, she was the “foul dust” at the death of his dream.

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