The Great Gatsby (pg 88-89): How does Fitzgerald make this a significant and symbolic moment in the novel?

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The Great Gatsby (pg 88-89): How does Fitzgerald make this a significant and symbolic moment in the novel?

F.Scott Fitzgerald has made the reunion between Gatsby and Daisy from page 88-89, highly significant and symbolic to criticize the high class society on their immense desire towards materialism and conspicuous consumption during the roaring 1920s, and that during this time love is neglected against the sight of wealth. This significant and symbolic moment is further heightened by Fitzgerald’s skillful use of range of key techniques, including dialogue, characterization, metaphor and symbolisms.

Fitzgerald shows the symbolism of Gatsby’s house by describing the interiors of his house to show its representation of Gatsby’s love and desire. Gatsby’s house is described as “wandered through Marie Antoinette music rooms and Restoration Salons” or “period bedrooms swathed in rose and lavender silk and vivid with new flowers”. These mellifluous images highlight Gatsby’s excessive wealth that he has decorated his own house. The diction such as “Marie Antoinette” , “period bedrooms” implies the fact that Gatsby’s interior contains a range of items imported from Europe, further proving his desire to show off his style of old British aristocrat aspects that are associated with wealth and respect, making Gatsby a man of the riches. However, Gatsby’s carelessness towards materialism is revealed gradually as “his bedroom was the simplest room of all”, the only room he rarely uses, is empty compared to the rest. This suggests a deeper insight of Gatsby’s mere intention in decorating his house is to impress Daisy. Therefore, the readers are able to see that his house is no longer a home, but a prop in Gatsby’s stage design to attract her. His obsession with her is heightened to the point that he attempts to “revalue everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well- loved eyes”. The extremity to which he has gone to impress Daisy shows how she has such huge impacts on his life that she has the capability to control his life without even possibly knowing about it.  This is highly significant because this shows that Gatsby’s possessions represents corruption and a false materialism, and the fact that his interiors is a mixture of different styles and periods symbolizes an owner’s uncertainty towards his identity.

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Fitzgerald shows the significance of this scene through the way in which Gatsby and Daisy communicate with one another. Within this small scene, the readers can very much see that there’s not much talking going on between Gatsby and Daisy, and that their conversation is kept at a minimum by Fitzgerald, only at the significant and symbolic moment where Gatsby says: “I’ve got a man in England who buys me clothes” and Daisy’s reaction when “she sobbed”. By showing their quietness and inability to speak freely, this might imply the idea of distance that has kept Gatsby and Daisy apart ...

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