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Why is hope so important in this book?

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Laura Hope is key in this book because of the "American Dream". The American Dream, which is so pivotal to this novella, is the idea that any man can make it to "the top" with hard work and persistence. This idea leaves no room for "hope", simply motivation and drive.

Gatsby, the ultimate embodiment of the American Dream is filled with hope. Nick describes him as having "a gift for hope", gift implying that to have hope is rare, and special. This perhaps, is what makes Gatsby so "great" in a world that is so lacking in this gift.
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