Cars come up a number of times in these chapters. What do they seem to symbolize, or how do they appear in these incidents?
In the 1920's, cars were a luxury item rather than a means of getting around, as they are today. The people at Gatsby's party are in awe of his Rolls Royce; the party is at least temporarily dampened by a car crash; people comment on one another's driving abilities. In the novel, cars seem to be frightening and powerful, a symbol of luxury and excess and the consequences of those states of being.
How do Gatsby's parties appear to Nick before he is invited to one? Does this perception change once he attends one of the parties?
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