The Great Gatsby Questions and Answers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What aspects of Gatsby and Daisy are raised in this passage from chapter 7? They weren’t happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or the ale—and yet they weren’t unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together.

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This passage is actually in reference to Daisy and Tom, not Gatsby. From an outsider's point of view, it seems that the Tom and Daisy's marriage is loveless. Daisy seems frequently bored, cynical, and myopic in terms of her relationships. Tom, on the other hand, was always careless in regard to his affair with Myrtle. Despite the level of unhappiness or dissatisfaction with their relationship, this passage illustrates their allegiance to one another. Their first priority is to keep each other safe. They seem to be conspiring together because even if they are not happy, the comfort and similarity in their relationship is unshakable.

What this does tell us about Daisy and Gatsby's relationship, however, is that it will never be. This passage signifies the death of Gatsby's dream. No matter what he does or what grand gestures he performs, he will never persuade Daisy to leave Tom. While Daisy entertains notions of grand love or novelty, her utmost priority is her comfort. Daisy is not at all what Gatsby has envisioned her as. In fact, she goes so well with Tom because she is so similar to him. The fact that Gatsby hates Tom and "loves" Daisy proves only how out of touch with reality he is.

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