Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves, of the freshness of many clothes, and of Daisy, gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor.
This line suggests that Gatsby’s infatuation with Daisy is not truly motivated by love, but instead by the desire for wealth that he has so long dreamt about. He sees Daisy as a tool that he can use to be a part of the old wealth section of the upper class. He not only wants the superficial desire for money, but he thinks that money will preserve the “youth and mystery” that he’s come to acquire for himself. Not only that, he literally describes Daisy the same way he would describe an award, (“gleaming like silver, safe and proud”), literally objectifying her while he claims to be in love with her. Instead of being in love with her, he in rather in love with the opportunities and superficial rewards that come with being a part of that upper class.
Here’s a funny image of a male gold digger :)
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