Gatsby's mansion symbolizes two broader themes of the novel. First, it represents the grandness and emptiness of the 1920s boom: Gatsby justifies living in it all alone by filling the house weekly with "celebrated people." Second, the house is the physical symbol of Gatsby's love for Daisy. Gatsby used his "new money" to create a place that he thought rivaled the houses of the "old money" that had taken her away.
Gatsby's Mansion Quotes in The Great Gatsby
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"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Related Characters:Daisy Buchanan (speaker), Jay Gatsby
Related Symbols:Gatsby's Mansion
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"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past." "Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!" He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Related Characters:Jay Gatsby (speaker), Nick Carraway (speaker), Daisy Buchanan