In 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald creates the character, Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of the novel, as an example of how the American Dream has corrupted our innocence through our obsession with material success. Jay Gatsby is a perfect example because he fails to realise that he long surpassed the American Dream due to his obsession with materialism and money.
When Gatsby opens his closet to impress Daisy of his wealth and 'took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts...which lost their folds as they fell...' displays the ignorance and hedonism in rich people in particular. Gatsby's shirts is not only a symbol of rich people's ignorance, it also symbolises meaningless materialism. The shirts that lose their folds as they fell are symbols of how worthless they are to Gatsby, who only wants to please Daisy by showing her how wealthy he had become within the time they had not seen each other.