Incoherent failure of a house

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


Gatsby’s house is referred to an “incoherent failure of a house” in part because it does not fit in with the setting and stands out among the other houses on West Egg. Gatsby’s house also serves as a metaphor for Gatsby’s social failure; he cannot fit in to the old wealth society no matter how much effort he puts into appearing aristocratic.

However, Gatsby’s main goal in buying the house was to win back Daisy. Gatsby fails to pull Daisy away from Tom, and this more than anything is the failure that haunts the house.

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