The Great Gatsby

Chapter 7 questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter VII, Fitzgerald makes a literary allusion, comparing Gatsby to Trimalchio in a foreshadowing of events to come. (“It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night—and, as obscurely as it had begun, his career as Trimalchio was over.”) Who is Trimalchio, and how does he relate to Gatsby?

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