What words does Fitzgerald use suggesting Gatsby is dressed in flashy colors to show that he's rich when meeting Daisy?

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appletrees eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Perhaps an even more powerful and evocative segment that further illustrates this point is the scene in which Daisy goes to Gatsby's home and sees his closet full of clothes. He is changing his shirt and Daisy is fascinated by sheer size of his wardrobe, so Gatsby opens his closets and drawers and pulls out shirts and ties of many different colors and fabrics to show them to her. Daisy buries her face in the shirts and begins to cry, sobbing "I've never seen such beautiful shirts before." Of course, she isn't really crying over the beauty of the shirts themselves, but over the fact that the love of her life was once a poor man, who has become rich, and since she married someone else she thinks she's not free to be with him. The opulence and wealth represented by Gatsby's clothes demonstrates his strength of character and determination to become a wealthy man worthy of Daisy's love.

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nick opens to the door to find Gatsby there extra early to be reunited with Daisy once again. He is impatient and eagerly awaiting her arrival.  As he walks in, Nick notices what he's wearing.

"Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in."

The colors used are important to Fitzgerald throughout the novel.  White represents the innocence and purity (although most of the time it is MISrepresented).  Here Gatsby truly is naive and innocent enough to think she'll take him back for good.  He is also wearing silver and gold.  These colors represent his wealth.  He wants to prove to her that he is worthy now and will always be able to support her financial needs.  So these colors mean a great deal, even though they are all within one small sentence.

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The Great Gatsby

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