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What is important to Gatsby as he gives Daisy a tour of his home?  Why?

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maymay3 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:37 AM via web

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What is important to Gatsby as he gives Daisy a tour of his home?  Why?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:51 AM (Answer #1)

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This tour of the house happens in Chapter 5.  In my opinion, what is important to Gatsby is that Daisy should be impressed with how nice his house and his things are.  He wants that so that she will see how rich he is and she will love him because of that.

So Gatsby really tries to impress her.  He doesn't go straight from Nick's house to his but instead goes in the front way to show her how impressive in and the gardens are.

He shows her all his stuff -- his shirts that come from London, for example.  He is really trying to show her how rich he is and he is hoping that she will approve and be impressed.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:57 AM (Answer #2)

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In the book The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is in love with Daisey.  He knows that she is all about riches and having the rich lifestyle.  He wants to woo her to like him.  He takes her on a tour of his home to demonstrate to her that he too has the lifestyle which she desires.  Like the previous editor stated earlier, he wants to make an impression on Daisy.

Gatsby does not realize that Daisy is from a class of people who have always had money and that it is just another home to her.  She may see his wealth and enjoy what he has but she is not really going to be as impressed as he wants.  When she does give in to him it will not lead her away from her husband.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM (Answer #3)

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Gatsby specifically wants her to see the lavish and elegant lifestyle he must lead. It's as if he has been preparing for this tour for years. It even comes to his mind as Daisy is getting ready to go over and Nick and Gatsby are talking that it took him a total of 3 years to earn the money for this place.

He didn't just walk across the lawn, he made an obvious attempt to impress by taking her through the walkway in the front so she could catch the enormity of the place. As the tour was given, he took special care to point out the period rooms bathed in silks and vividly fresh flowers.

He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.

Gatsby's only hope was to see Daisy value him for his possessions.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM (Answer #4)

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In Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby gives Daisy and Nick a tour of his empty house.  Nick had only been to Gatsby's for the parities, and now he sees it empty for the first time.  To him, it is a haunted mansion:

It was strange to reach the marble steps and find no stir of bright dresses in and out the door, and hear no sound but bird voices in the trees.

And inside, as we wandered through Marie Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons, I felt that there were guests concealed behind every couch and table, under orders to be breathlessly silent until we had passed through. As Gatsby closed the door of “the Merton College Library.” I could have sworn I heard the owl-eyed man break into ghostly laughter.

This emptiness symbolizes the relationship that Gatsby has with Daisy: it is not a re-kindling of the past.  Rather, it is a vain attempt to resurrect ghosts.

Later, Gatsby tries to impress Daisy with his shirts.  The colors are dizzying:

He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher—shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, and monograms of Indian blue. Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.

Remember, Daisy's voice should be full of money, and Gatsby appeals to it, but she begins to cry.  Gatsby mistakenly thinks these are tears of joy of having been reunited with Gatsby.  But, Nick and Daisy know that these are tears of sadness, as she is mourning what has been lost. They know that she can never relive the past and that this relationship is fruitless.

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robie12 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:37 AM (Answer #5)

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because he thinks that if he shows her what he has she will whant him and not tom.

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