What is the effect of the music which Kipspringer plays in chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby? In  the  morning,  In  the   evening,  Ain`t we got fun ? ....One thing`s sure and nothing `s surer...

What is the effect of the music which Kipspringer plays in chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby?

 In  the  morning,

 In  the   evening,

 Ain`t we got fun ?

....One thing`s sure and nothing `s surer

The rich get richer and the poor get children

       In the meantime

       In between time

 

 

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a motif of The Great Gatsby, music underpins the tone and plot of the chapter in which it is included. In Chapter Five, for instance, Gatsby's attempt to manipulate time and return to his and Daisy's relationship of five years ago is symbolized in Gatsby's awkward knocking the "defunct" clock off the mantelpiece.

After being with Daisy for a while, Gatsby realizes that "[H]is count of enchanted objects had diminished by one."  So, in his attempt to create a mood, he asks his boarder Klipspringer to play the piano. Gatsby turns on the lights and the "grey windows," signifying decadence and immorality, disappear in the light. Klipspringer plays "The Love Nest."  This song begins with a line "Ain't we got fun--," but later it turns to a commentary on the times in which the "rich get richer and the poor get--children."  These lines support the feelings of Gatsby, who is at first elated to be with Daisy, but begins to doubt his happiness after a time. Nick perceives the change in his friend as he approaches Gatsby to bid him goodnight, for he notices that Gatsby appears rather bewildered as Daisy has

tumbled short of his dreams, not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.  It had gone beyond her, beyond everything.

Like the song's lyrics, the romantic illusion becomes tainted with reality. 

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