Gatsby’s vehicle is as ostentatious as his mansion, and just as luxurious. It’s bright, brash, and costly…. it makes a statement through its presence…. expresses optimism about potential.
At nine o’clock, one morning late in July, Gatsby’s gorgeous car lurched up the rocky drive to my door and gave out a burst of melody from its three-noted horn.
I’d seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns.
Nick is a first-person narrator in the book. He describes Gatsby’s automobile as “creamy white, brilliant and lavish,” with many windows. It appears to be just as conceited as its owner.
Gatsby’s vehicle is described in Chapter 4 when Nick and Jay travel to New York for lunch. During the journey, the narrator begins to give a detailed description of the automobile and its features.
The car has a bright cream color. It seems to be modeled after Gatsby’s personality and wealth. Because of the gleaming nickel that covers its many components, the whole thing is extremely light and bright.
Nick is reminded of the suns he’s seen in the sky by the many glass windows that glisten in the light. Gatsby’s flamboyant personality and love for excess make him a good match for the automobile.
Another incentive for Nick to learn more about Gatsby was his history. Jay talks about his time at Oxford and World War I. However, the data given appears to be unreliable to the narrator.
Nick continues to pay attention to Gatsby, determined to find out what this mysterious figure from his past is all about. The vehicle’s description is used as a metaphor for Jay’s personality. Meanwhile, the narrator believes that there are still secrets yet to be revealed.
The Rolls-Royce is Gatsby’s sign of power and protection. On the other side, it suggests that the character is perplexed by materialism and emotional values. As a result, Nick’s anger at Jay’s wastefulness rather than his annoyance irritates him. The narrator aims to discover the facts. He wants to go through Gatsby’s life story in great detail.