“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds.
The Muted Voice
Daisy’s reaction to Gatsby’s shirts demonstrates how well he hides his true self. Even she, the love of his life, is tricked into thinking that Gatsby is as beautiful as his costumes. Her voice, which is a symbol for old money, is “muffled” in the fabric; through the shirts, all voices sound the same, quieted, just as Gatsby’s “voice” (origins of his money) is disguised by the way he dresses, speaks, and where he lives.
Because Tom is having an affair, Daisy feels that her life has become bleak and “colorless” in a sense. Upon meeting Gatsby, his whole house and life style revolves around excitement and life. The shirts push her over the edge because of the intense colors that symbolize the life she could be living.
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