The Great Gatsby

in chapter 4 (the great gatsby)

select a passage that gives the reader background information about Gatsby Respond to the passage by identifying the strategies employed by the author to reveal Gatsby and comment on the effect these strategies have on how you feel about this character.

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I find this passage from chapter 4 interesting,

“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.