Describe the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy in The Great Gatsby?  Why did Gatsby want her to see his house and clothes?

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

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Talk about uncomfortable. Gatsby had Nick arrange their meeting at his house in the sneakiest of ways. Nick invites Daisy over for tea, not telling her Gatsby's going to be there. When Daisy arrives and sees Jay, Nick takes off for awhile. There is this half hour of time during which something happens between Daisy and Jay. The reading audience assumes they get together based on facts that happen afterwards, but obviously since Daisy is married, this becomes an affair. But something very important about their alone time is that when Nick returns, Daisy is crying. Happy tears? Painful tears? Both? We don't know for sure.

Gatsby and Daisy had a prior relationship as teens and he was poor. Not being good enough for her family, he left for war, and even though there was some letter writing, the relationship was over probably for Daisy's benefit. It's not good to marry too far out of a social class. Now that Gatsby has big money, he wants Daisy to see it and experience it herself.

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The meeting between Gatsby and Daisy occurs in Chapter 5 at Nick Carraway's home.  It is, at first, a very awkward affair.  Gatsby is extremely nervous about meeting the woman he loves again after so much time.  Eventually, things get better and the two of them spend a great deal of time alone.

Gatsby wants Daisy to see his house and clothes and such because he wants to prove to her that he has become a success.  He feels that he lost her because he was not rich enough and he hopes that the riches he now has will win her back.

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