From Tom Buchanan to Daisy to Myrtle to Gatsby and to Jordan how does fashion, or the character's clothes, reflect that specific character ?Please list specific refernces to clothes in the novel...

From Tom Buchanan to Daisy to Myrtle to Gatsby and to Jordan how does fashion, or the character's clothes, reflect that specific character ?

Please list specific refernces to clothes in the novel and what the garment says about the character.

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Fitzgerald himself was interested in clothing and fashion and this is reflected in many of his stories and novels. The sector of society portrayed in many of his fictional works were people who were either wealthy or enamored of wealth, and so clothing functions for many characters as a status symbol. In The Great Gatsby, one very powerful scene shows the significance of clothing. After Gatsby has become rich and invites Daisy to his home, she sees his drawers and closets overflowing with beautifully made shirts, ties, and other items of clothing. He pulls a number of them out for her and piles them in a heap, and she runs her hands through them, crying, saying "I've never seen such beautiful shirts before." Daisy is not really crying about the shirts but about the choice she made to reject Gatsby when he was poor. Now that he is rich and she is already married, she regrets being shallow and not staying with the man she loved.

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