The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3

In chapter 3 in "the great gatsby" select a passage that describes the party. Discuss how this passage contributes to your interpretation as a whole.

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I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited — they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.

From the description, we can surmise the party is an event.... a carnival like party that required no invitation..... a destination, a great time. There was no decorum among the guests, there was no real interest in the host.... only the things the host had to offer.


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