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In chapter 5, what is significant about Klipspringer's song?

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tennisstar | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 16, 2008 at 4:44 AM via web

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In chapter 5, what is significant about Klipspringer's song?

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM (Answer #1)

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The song is ironic for several reasons. First, the lyrics refer to people who have little money but manage to live happy lives. Gatsby and Daisy are both enormously wealthy, yet their lives are not happy. It also reminds us that ironically Daisy originally rejected him because he had no money. Now, however, she is happily awed by his mansion and beautiful shirts and clearly attracted to Gatsby again. Klipspringer plays this lighthearted song as Gatsby and Daisy celebrate their reunion, but their getting together again is not spontaneous because Gatsby has carefully orchestrated it.

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