How does The Great Gatsby represent the American dream?
Gatsby is a clear embodiment of the American Dream: he was born poor and rose to achieve a higher wealth and social status. Gatsby’s love for Daisy led him to achieve extravagant wealth. In the sense of rising up social rank and obtaining financial success, Gatsby achieved the American Dream.
How does Gatsby’s dream impact the characters in the novel?
Gatsby’s dream is to be a success. He defines success as “acquiring” Daisy and being accepted into the upper class to which she belongs. Gatsby’s dream impacts almost every character in the book by causing havoc in their lives. Nick’s optimism and hope are damaged as he watches Gatsby pursue and lose this dream.
Why does Daisy cry when Gatsby showers her with his shirts?
Upon seeing the shirts, Daisy cries and explains, “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before.” One reason for Daisy’s reaction could be that she only cares about material goods, and so something like fine clothing can make her feel affection for Gatsby.