The Great Gatsby

Chapter 3

Describe the events and atmosphere of the party

What does Nick learn about Jordan Baker after he has spent some time with her?

How does Nick characterize the guests at Gatsby's party? What do these characterizations tell us about how Nick feels about most of these people? What sense of life in the Jazz age do we get from the description of the party?

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The party is a wild one; illegal liquor flows, visitors come from everywhere, there's a huge band, and Gatsby's house takes on a carnival atmosphere. People are reckless because of drunkeness and rumors fly about Gatsby's past. Gatsby takes part in all of this because he still hopes to win Daisy.

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