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

Meaning

Here, Fitzgerald introduces Daisy for the first time and explicitly makes a connection between the women and a sense of floating or flight. The weightless language such as “buoyed,” “fluttering,” “balloon,” and “flight,” suggest that the women are out of touch with reality because their wealth does not allow them to be aware of any troubles.

Daisy’s life is completely composed of leisure, relaxation, socializing, and parties, all of which are not accompanied with any sort of stress or work.

Fitzgerald exaggerates this lifestyle to the point of floating to demonstrate the extent to which Jordan, and especially Daisy are carefree.

Additionally, there is a magical sense to his description of the women because everything seems to be floating, giving a naturally weightless sense to the Buchanan’s household. This natural lack of gravity connects to the naturalness of the Buchanan’s wealth because they come from old money.

Fitzgerald also suggests a literal social mobility through the women’s sense of flight. The women’s ability to be a part of the upper class without work is contrary to the core principle of the American Dream, which dictates that if one works hard, one can rise up in class. However, Daisy seems to simply be born with complete freedom both economically and socially, which allows her to flutter and float.

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