But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away

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

Meaning

Fitzgerald’s choice to describe Gatsby’s failed attempts at winning Daisy back as a dead dream reaffirm the idea that Daisy was Gatsby’s American Dream. The Dream dies when Daisy decides to go back to Tom.

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