A promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter VI) on Rap Genius

Meaning

“The rock of the world” symbolizes burdens and harsh reality. “A fairy’s wing” represents James' fantasy, the convenient escape from harsh realities. The fantasy is so powerful that his young light heart feels that the world as airborne. This “promise” is the very idea of the American Dream— the possibility of change for the better.

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