What is F. Scott Fitzgerald conveying in chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby?

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In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, the author is trying to portray the impossibility of Gatsby’s dream.  In this chapter, Gatsby finally gets his wish—to see Daisy again.  The problem is that he goes about it all wrong.  In the first part of the chapter he is nervous.  He wants Daisy to like the house, so he lights every room and prowls around in it.  He comes to Nick’s and arranges a time for the meeting.  The next day, he sends his gardener to cut the lawn and he brings in elaborate food and flowers.  What Gatsby does not understand is that Daisy has grown up with money, and she does not care about it.

When Daisy arrives, they spend some awkward time together before going over to Gatsby’s house.   While they are taking the grand tour, Gatsby decides to stop to show Daisy his shirts.  He is throwing them in the air and watching them come down; this is when Daisy seems to realize that they can never have anything permanent.  His life is too different from hers.   Even Gatsby seems a little desperate in this chapter.  The reader realizes as the chapter comes to an end that Gatsby’s dream will not become a reality.

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