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Gatsby Essay

  • Submitted by: ghdrrr
  • on March 27, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 481 words

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Every Saturday night, Gatsby throws very luxurious parties at his mansion. In chapter three, Nick eventually receives an invitation. At the party, he feels out of place, and says that the party is filled with people who haven't been invited and who appear "agonizingly" aware of the "easy money" surrounding them. The main topic of conversation is rumors about Gatsby. Nick hears from various people that Gatsby is a German spy, an Oxford graduate, and someone even claims Gatsby once killed a man. People used Gatsby for his fascinating parties: most of his "new money" guests didn't even know him. Gatsby continues to be a man who barely seems to exist beyond the rumors about him. Nick's feelings of discomfort at the party shows that he senses the emptiness behind the party. Nick runs into Jordan Baker at the party. While spending time with her, he observes all the amazing luxuries of the party: a live orchestra, great food and imported fruits, and endless reserves of alcohol. The party's incredible luxury seems to be the fulfillment of the American Dream. Nick and Jordan decide to find their mysterious host, and wander into Gatsby's library. There they meet a short, somewhat drunk man who wears owl-like glasses (and whom Nick refers to as Owl-Eyes). Owl Eyes is amazed by Gatsby's books: the vastness and "realism" of Gatsby's book collection astonishes him. This is a sign of the shallowness of the Roaring Twenties: the vast library of "realism" that Owl Eyes admires is full of books no one reads. Later, as Nick and Jordan sit outside watching the party, Nick talks with the man sitting next to him. The man thinks Nick looks familiar. They realize they may have crossed paths during World War I. The man introduces himself: he's Jay Gatsby. Gatsby has a dazzling smile, and refers to everyone as "old sport." Gatsby's enchanting smile is like a mask, just as the "fun" of the Roaring Twenties hides an emptiness beneath. Nick and Gatsby connect because they share a common past:...

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