Explain Nick's quote. Can this quote serve as a theme for the novel? How? In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, the following quote was said: "As I went over to say good-by I saw the expression of bewilderment had come back into Gatsby's face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness."

In The Great Gatsby, Nick's quote in chapter 5 refers to the fact that money doesn't buy happiness and that big parties don't create happiness. This quote can serve as a theme for The Great Gatsby because much of the story is about people who have lots of money but not much happiness.

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Have you ever heard the old expression that says “money can’t buy happiness”? Through the haze of glamour and all the extravagance of his party, Gatsby appears to be wondering at this moment whether it was all worth it and whether anyone actually cared about him. When Nick had been asking about Gatsby’s whereabouts earlier in the evening, nobody had known where he was, and Nick was made to feel as though he was actually asking a strange question. All the guests apart from Nick, it seems, were there for the party rather than out of any affection they may have felt toward Gatsby.

It should be noted, however, that it is not the approval of the “friends” at his party that would have made Gatsby happy. Gatsby believes having Daisy Buchanan would lead to happiness. Daisy, however, is married to Tom who, by the way, is having an affair with Myrtle.

Happiness is a commodity in short supply for most of the characters that Nick meets in the high flying world of East Egg. Jay is miserable without...

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