The Great Gatsby

Why does Fitzgerald list all of Gatsby's party guests?

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Fitzgerald lists all of Gatsby's party guests, so that we the readers can get a sense of the type of people who attend. There is a theme here. The guests are generally rich and have little interest in Gatsby himself (other than the mystery behind him). Fitzgerald generally describes them as self-absorbed and only interested in the excess of the party, "the people came like moths to the flame."