He had never been in such a beautiful house before
Upon entering Daisy’s house, Gatsby is fascinated by the wealth and luxury shown through her possessions. As a “penniless young man,” he is drawn to her powerful economic and social status, which he has dreamed and worked long since his youth. For him, Daisy represents the shortcut to attain power and wealth.
The language of the text draws an interesting parallel to Daisy’s remarks about Gatsby’s clothes, as she exclaims, “They’re such beautiful shirts… It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before” (92). While Gatsby’s comment on Daisy’s “such… beautiful house” signifies his desire to set foot in the “old wealth,” Daisy’s emotional breakdown upon seeing Gatsby’s colorful shirts suggests her desires for freedom and excitement as she is sick of the boredom and humiliation she bears in her marriage, in which her husband almost openly cheats on her. As a result, they develop a reciprocal passion in their yearnings for each other’s life style and call it “love.”
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