Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house
Naturalness in Exchange for the Manufactured
Gatsby’s house is so excessively large and extravagant that many trees were sacrificed for its construction. Nick is critiquing how humans have taken over the natural beauty of the landscape and replaced it with buildings for the sake of superficiality.
This phenomenon not only occurs in the external environment but also in the internal lives of the characters in the novel. Gatsby changes almost every facet of his personality to conform to man-created ideals of class and wealth rather relying on his natural personality to win over Daisy.
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