But now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail.

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


Once more, Gatsby describes Daisy as an object to be acquired, such as a prize or trophy, which suggests he is more in love with her wealth and status than he is with her.

Gatsby’s quest is similar to the quest for the Holy Grail supposedly followed by King Arthur’s knights. The Holy Grail was a mythical object that was sought after by many religious groups, and as Gatsby mentions earlier in the chapter, the fact that many men had sought Daisy before “increased her value in his eyes.” In this context, Gatsby is striving to attain something beyond his reach and for all purposes unattainable.

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