“My house looks well, doesn’t it?” he demanded.

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


For all his wealth, Gatsby lacks a certain social refinement. He is aggressive in his shows of wealth, staging outrageous parties, wearing a pink suit (for chrissakes) and generally making sure his wealth is on prominent display.

This aggression is encapsulated in the verb ‘demanded’. Gatsby forces Nick at acknowledge his wealth, implying an insecurity that belies outward confidence. Note: rappers do this ALL THE TIME. Case in point, Jay Z in ‘Otis’, asking us to admire his watch collection.

There are countless other examples.

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