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In The Great Gatsby, which character has cufflinks made of molars?

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Posted May 14, 2013 at 8:34 PM via web

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In The Great Gatsby, which character has cufflinks made of molars?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM (Answer #2)

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The character with human molars for cuff-links is Meyer Wolfsheim, one of Gatsby's underworld connections.

 One of Wolfsheim's notable characteristics is his wearing of cuff-links made of human molars. 

The strange taste represented by this choice of accessory suggests the oddity of Wolfsheim's character as well as Gatsby's choice of friends. 

When Gatsby is killed and Nick attempts to get people to attend his funeral, Wolfsheim declines the invitation, refusing to come.

He is so selfish and insecure that he refuses to attend Gatsby's funeral.

Proved to be a combination of fair-weather friend and criminal opportunist, Wolfsheim's character can be seen as a contrast to Gatsby's, which includes a rather remarkable degree of nobility and idealism when considered in light of his sometimes sinister dealings and lack of affiliation with a moral code. 


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