At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete

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


In the moment when Gatsby achieves that which he desired most, a chance at social mobility disguised as a kiss from Daisy, it becomes apparent that a phase of his life is over, and his journey, in a sense, has come to a climax. The pinnacle of this “incarnation” has ended his era of imagination and idleness about not only a future with Daisy, but also a life of social status, bringing a sense of reality of the situation, even as the situation maintains a sense of Gasby-eque drama, as Gatsby’s performance births a new perspective in his pursuit of prestige. The kiss symbolizes reciprocation in Gatsby’s infatuation with the wealthy and higher-class characters in the novel, as his recent performances, with characters such as Dan Cody, had made him of interest to their kind, giving him the social mobility he so desired in his previous stage of life.

The usage of the word “incarnation” invokes a divine aura about Gatsby and his relationship with Daisy, as he has come from a humble past and rises up to a seemingly omnipotent position. Nick describes Gatsby as “a Son of God” and suggests that Gatsby’s persona developed into a “Platonic” being; perhaps, then, this was the moment that the transformation took place, as he was locked into an eternal addiction to Daisy’s love and status (F. Scott Fitzgerald 98). He was driven by the desire not only for Daisy’s love and approval, but for social status: to become a godlike, all-powerful entity among men.

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