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Great Gatsby Close Reading

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Jiny Seo

on 26 February 2014

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Transcript of Great Gatsby Close Reading

"He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs."
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"None of it was any longer real."

Meaning
"Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way."
Meanings
"He revalued everything....according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes."
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Great Gatsby Close Reading
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Gatsby seems to be amazed by Daisy's reaction to his wealth and changes his views on his belongings. Based on his reaction, he might use his wealth to his advantage to meet Daisy.
This goes with the theme of wealth and power as Gatsby might use his money just like how Tom does.
This phrase seems to imply that nothing mattered to Gatsby anymore other than Daisy. That shows how much he cares about her. Maybe he focuses too much on his memory of her that he may not notice that Daisy might have changed.
The Quote uses diction such as revalued, dazed, and astounding. This makes us wonder how Gatsby viewed his belongings prior to seeing Daisy's reactions to it.
Perhaps this is a foreshadowing of change in Gatsby's attitude or how he values his wealth. Will he manipulate the money to attract Daisy?
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