Mmm yes indeed
Was his name Jamal?
The man going to the store shares a striking resemblance to John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ for example upon the Joads leaving to California Steinbeck switched into his intercalary chapter to narrate real life circumstances. The family their was walking to a store so that they could get some water and some bread, the waitress agreed in giving them water but refused to sell them bread unless they bought a sandwich. However the owner actually showed an act of kindness and not only gave them bread but gave them it for free. This shows that although during 1920’s America the corruption of the American dream is not to such an extent, many people such as Al the owner demonstrate kindness to strangers instead f turning them away.
Where as in Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Gatsby is put in a similar light, walking into the store could be a metaphor for how Gatsby is living his life. He ‘walks into the store’ hoping to finally meet with Daisy again after all these years, —
he’s been idolising here for all this years after they met for the first time. However Gatsby in this metaphor could have asked the store manager if he has the item he wishes to buy (Daisy), all is looking bright when the clerk goes to the back, but when the store owner (Tom) comes and states that it’s closing time and he needs to leave, it all goes down hill. Tom crushes Gatsby’s dream of finally being with Daisy, she leaves Gatsby and returns to Tom as she was before Gatsby came back into her life.
‘The man went to the store’ yes what a fascinating line.
Maybe... he’s hungry?