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Platonic idealism is the philosophy that every object on earth has an ideal or perfect form.
According to Nick, what does Gatsby consider his Platonic form?
Gatsby looks back to his time with Cody as the time during which he was perfect, and had reached his physical ideal.
Gatsby sees the time before the war, when he was in love with Daisy and she with him, as the perfect time and therefore, his perfect form.
Gatsby has always understood that his Platonic form, or the perfect version of himself, would be and is the man he has become in West Egg.
Gatsby sees Tom as the Platonic form he aspires to become.
Gatsby looks back on his childhood in North Dakota as a time when he had achieved his Platonic form. He is attempting to recreate the perfection he knew at that time.