Gatsby's shirts represent the newfound wealth that he has sustained. The reason Daisy is crying is because she now sees the luxurious lifestyle that she could have been living if she would have just waited for Gatsby to return from war. This is seen when Daisy says "They're such beautiful shirts," she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. "It makes me sad because I've never seen such - such beautiful shirts before" (92).
Physical Appearance: Gatsby is young and richTraits: Gatsby is very puzzling. He is known in New York because of this and his partiesRelatives: Henry C. Gatz (father)Love Interest: Once dated Daisy, but is still in love with her
Tom finally figures out that Dasiy is cheating on him with Gatsby and Tom is extremely mad about it even though he has had affairs too. "She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. His mouth opened a little, and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as some one he knew a long time ago." (119).
Physical Appearance: young and beautifulTraits: Loving and CaringRelatives: Pammy Buchanan (daughter) Tom Buchanan (husband) Nick Carraway (cousin)Love Interest: Married to Tom but having an affair with Gatsby
Gatsby used to be very poor but had always wanted to be someone who matters. So Gatsby thinks that if he climbs the social ladder and becomes rich he will be important. He engages in illegal activities so that he can get Daisy's attention. Trying to change your social status can be very dangerous, and ultimately leads to Gatsby's death.
Physical Appearance: Very Muscular and RichTraits: Tom is selfish and adulterousRelatives: Pammy Buchanan (daughter)Daisy Buchanan (wife)Nick Carraway (cousin in law)Love Interest: Married to Daisy, but has many affairs
"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away." (2).
"[She had] the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. . . . [T]here was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour." (9).
"[Daisy’s] husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven—a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anticlimax." (6.)