A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other

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

Meaning

The breeze blowing through the Buchanan house is symbolic of the ever changing nature of Tom’s wealthy lifestyle, which serves as a direct contrast to Gatsby’s formulaic routines made apparent at his party in chapter 3. Just as “the only completely stationary object in the room” was a large piece of furniture, Tom himself is afraid and unsure of the concept of permanence and possibly even commitment. The fluctuating structure of Tom’s house acting as the reciprocal of Gatsby’s refined and standardized behavior evince the fact that just because a man is wealthy, he doesn’t necessarily have to fit a strict stereotype of how to live.

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