""Now don't think that my opinion on these matters is final." He seemed to say, "just because I'm strong and more of a man than you are.""
The distinct difference made between Tom & Daisy's lifestyle and Nick's show how West Egg and East Egg are.
"The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small foul river."
"On weekends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city."
Fitzgerald uses grey a lot to describe poverty in this chapter, he uses ashes to describe everything because poverty is "grotesque".
Mr. Gatsby, his house, his parties, his attitude, his (almost) achievement of the American dream.
Mr. Gatsby, the way he offers Nick a job. Possibly to get in with Daisy, trying to make him seem like a good man for helping her family.
""Why. I thought-why look here, old sport, you don't make much money, do you?" "Not very much." This seemed to reassure him and he continued more confidently."
Character that develop the theme:
"His voice was solemn as if the memory of that sudden extinction of a clan still haunted him. For a moment I suspected he was pulling my leg but a glance at him convinced me otherwise."
Mr. Gatsby lies about his background to make himself more appealing to Daisy (having her believe he has a lot of money that'll never go away)
Tom calls Gatsby a "bootlegger" because to Tom the only people who belong in the upper class are the people who grew up in it.
"'Who is this Gatsby anyhow?’ demanded Tom suddenly. ‘Some big bootlegger?’ ‘Where’d you hear that?’ I inquired. ‘I didn’t hear it. I imagined it. A lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers, you know.’ ‘Not Gatsby,’ I said shortly."
"'Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood it before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it"
Daisy (who grew up always having money) can be described as a sophisticated, charming young women. She's used to getting away with things because of her class and beauty that blinds people from who she really is.
Daisy killed Myrtle, let Gatsby take the fall for it and then ended up getting him killed. All without getting in trouble because with her money and background she ran away from what she did.
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and . . . then retreated back into their money . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made."
Despite the East seeming like its full of happy families with lots of money and a nice life, a lot of it is all a fake front.
"Even when the East excited me most, even when I was most keenly aware of its superiority to the bored, sprawling, swollen towns beyond the Ohio . . . it had always for me a quality of distortion."