The Great Gatsby

How does Gatsby stand in sharp contrast with his guests?

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Fitszgerald uses Gatsby's absence at his own parties to develop Gatsby's character. Gatsby hence becomes an enigma to which various gusts speculate about. He gets a certain amount of peripheral respect because of his enormous wealth. When we finally meet Gatsby he is good looking, charming but reserved. Then we can add all gossip and innuendo we have heard about Gatsby. This creates the mystery and enigma that Fitszgerald carefully crafts.

“He’s a bootlegger,” said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers. “One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil. Reach me a rose, honey, and pour me a last drop into that there crystal glass.”

Gatsby remains an enigma to his guests. They thrive on rumour and innuendo regardless of the truth. Fitzgerald infuses Gatsby's character with these,often absurd, allegations to Give his character a sense of mystery and yes, even absurdness. Gatsby must remain an enigma to the reader as well until the end of the book and, for many readers, well past the story.