In many ways, Gatsby is still a character trying to overcome his past. But his naivete and complete devotion to a woman he describes as " a nice girl" equates to the kind of love everyone experiences with that first real crush. The only difference is that Gatsby never let it go and kept his love alive by creating a story around Daisy, a picture of a woman, who in the end, she could never have lived up to.
A friend recently asked me, Is Gatsby really a love story?
My answer, Yes, a cruel one.