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brucegao0731 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM via web

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What was the significance of the letter that Daisy received right before her wedding to Tom?

How does the letter influence the plot?

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slcollins | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM (Answer #1)

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The letter that Daisy receives before her wedding is from Gatsby; this, in and of itself, makes the letter extremely significant. We do not know the contents of the letter, but Daisy’s reaction to it helps us to infer much. Nick has told us that Daisy does not drink, yet after reading this letter, she is rather drunk. She is also asking someone to tell Tom that Daisy has changed her mind – about the marriage. We can only assume that this letter from Gatsby asked Daisy to wait (for him, until the war was over, before marrying Tom; there are numerous possibilities). The letter doesn’t just explain the plot of the book; it also enhances the character of Daisy. This letter does help explain how much Gatsby wanted to be with Daisy; therefore, his single-minded goal of attaining Daisy’s love makes sense to us. This letter and Daisy’s reaction to it help the reader to sympathize with Daisy’s character; we gain an understanding that perhaps she doesn’t want to be married to Tom. Maybe she is worthy of Gatsby’s attention and love.

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