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Can you describe Daisy and Tom Buchanan;s home in The Great Gatsby and give me the...

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kuriger | Student | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 19, 2009 at 3:35 PM via web

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Can you describe Daisy and Tom Buchanan;s home in The Great Gatsby and give me the text passage?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 19, 2009 at 8:32 PM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 1 he describes the outside when he first enters their home. 

"Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay.  The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens...a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold..."

Gold is used a lot in this novel--referring to the quality and expense involved. Then once Nick was inside he was able to describe the rooms and of course the repetition of the color white.

"We walked through a high hallway into a bright rosy-colored space...the windows wer ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that seem to grow a little way into the house... A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding cake of the ceiling."

The house was very elaborate and Tom made sure to show off how much of the land he owned to Nick, while sweeping his arm in its expanse.  The room with all of its windows seemed to melt right into nature itself, as if it all blended in together.

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