What Does Polarity Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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These polarities symbolize the distinction between the rich and the poor, with the implications that there is a real physical division between the two. That is, it might be impossible for the poor to move up to the world of the rich; thus, the American Dream is an illusion. When Nick goes to see Tom and Daisy, he is surprised that their house is more luxurious than he'd thought. As we see later in the novel, Gatsby's obsession with Daisy is wrapped up with the idea of money. This is underscored in the descriptions of Daisy's
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