Also, the food served at Gatsby’s parties symbolizes the attitudes of most people living in the 1920’s.
Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and, finally, dies in its pursuit.
In the past, Jay had a love affair with the beautiful and seemingly innocent Daisy.
Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status, he leaves her to accumulate his wealth to reach her economic and social standards.
Once he acquires this wealth, he moves near to Daisy, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay,” and throws extravagant parties, hoping by chance she might show up at one of them.