In reality, this quote demonstrates a rare moment of sensitivity and self-awareness for Daisy. He has, of course, remembered that it was his thirtieth birthday during this chapter remember, Fitzgerald himself was only 29 when this book was published so it is likely he saw thirty as a milestone for his narrator, as well as himself. It was all very careless and confused. His distress at finding out about his wife's secret life is genuine but, being a man of little means and few wits, he doesn't know what to do about it. He doesn't care about anyone else he just wants his life to run right, and for Daisy to love him.
Daisy Buchanan is talking about her young daughter when she makes this seemingly-unfeeling statement. Before me stretched the portentous menacing road of a new decade,? This quote creates conflict between Tom and Gatsby. He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. I mean it was careless of me to make such a wrong guess. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. Whereas in the previous chapters she has come off as shy and sweet, a little vapid, but decidedly charming, here, there is a bit more depth to her — but what lies beneath the surface isn't necessarily good.
For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder. While Wilson isn't necessarily good, he is pure. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about. Later, when everything has fallen apart between them, she realizes she had been wrong about Nick. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. There is an emphasis in the book on the inability of Tom, Daisy and Jordan to control their lives, and this characteristic is amplified through the driving motif. Finally, Jordan, the other member of high society featured in the book, is as bad a driver as Tom and Daisy. All of the paths, once loosely related at best, now converge — forcefully and fatally. People first assume that Owl Eyes is the driver, but in fact another man, also drunk, is revealed as the culprit.
There are several scenes in which the driving motif seems symbolically linked to living. As soon as Gatsby has to contend with people whose parts he can't script, he's at a loss. Instead, he believes that money is the key to happiness, reasoning that if you have enough money, you can make even the wildest dreams come true. In addition to getting the real scoop on Gatsby, one also sees the real Daisy. By chapter's end, Gatsby has been fully exposed. In fact, Nick, like his father, believes that some people are better than others regardless of their relative wealth. Marmon was an expensive car that combined sport and luxury.
He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He is critical of lower class characters such as Tom and Myrtle, but also admires Gatsby, despite his lower class background. Slenderly, languidly, their hands set lightly on their hips, the two young women preceded us out onto a rosy-colored porch, open toward the sunset, where four candles flickered on the table in the diminished wind. Tom, Jordan, and Nick follow in Tom's car. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. And so Gatsby, utterly lost now that his dream has died, holds on to the last piece of all he's ever known as an adult by standing guard at Daisy's.
Although she swerves in turn to avoid both, she fails to avoid Myrtle. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. To make matters worse, one even senses that Daisy, in fact, tried to kill Myrtle. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock — it must have killed her instantly. And through the desire to obtain this dream, became the significance of cars. There is much evidence to suggest Fitzgerald intended driving to represent life.
However, there is a conflict with this materialistic view of cars. This is, in fact, the case. He has money, but he has already learned to take care of himself. It is on this journey that Gatsby begins to involve Nick in his plans to become reunited with Daisy, and there is a sense of potential, associated with the excitement of a car journey. This quote represents pathetic fallacy.
There is a conversation between Nick and Jordan in which the link between driving and living specifically the concept that one? He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night. His wealth does not undermine his power over himself as it might those who inherit their status. The pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper. A friend of Daisy's who becomes Nick's girlfriend. This chapter put Gatsby and Tom side-by-side. He told her those things in a way that frightened her — that made it look as if I was some kind of cheap sharper. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way.