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The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 Analysis

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 Analysis

Describe the meeting between Nick and Gatsby.
G
A
T
S
B
Y
'
S

PARTY
SETTING
This party takes place in Gatsby's Mansion in the West Egg. It lasts all day and all night long.
ATMOSPHERE
PEOPLE
The majority of guests at these extravaganzas are wealthy Americans. There are some young Englishmen too, prospecting the business field in front of them. The women are similar to
Daisy
in that they are accustomed to the rich life and love everything about it. Gatsby's parties contain a diverse crowd that are sophisticated, superficial, flashy, and gossipy .
NICK'S PERSPECTIVE
As far as Nick knows, he is one of the extremely few guests that are actually
invited
. The peculiar thing is, he cannot find the host.
unarranged
unexpected
comes as a shock
the two recognize each other from previous war involvements
Comment on Fitzgerald's skill in preparing for Gatsby's entrance into the story.
suspenseful
mysterious

odd

peculiar
unusual
Because in real life the host is usually
available
during his party, the reader is intrigued by Gatsby's absence. This makes Nick's encounter with him
interesting
and
fascinating
for the reader. Thus, their first conversation
stands out
to the reader.
The mood Fitzgerald creates before we meet Gatsby is...
People are not invited to Gatsby's parties, they just show up. They are known for being
lively
,
modern
,
expensive
, and
elegant
. It seems that no one can find Gatsby, and most people make it through the entire party without catching one glimpse of him.
PARTY
3. In what way are Nick and Gatsby similar at this point? Why are they paradoxical?
Both
Nick
Gatsby
In Third Division in war
Around the same age
not fabulously rich
have higher status than middle class
outsiders in society
lonely
moderate in actions and lifestyle
one of richest men around
throws money away
What is the reason for Nick suddenly breaking the story?
Nick chose to break the story at this point in order to
stay
professional
as an author.
Due to his intoxication the party was somewhat of a , so he wanted to specifically clarify what had happened.
He wants to prove that although he attends parties, he is still very
businesslike
.
He also did not want to come off as .
Jordan is an extremely dishonest person
"one of the few honest people i know"
-Nick when referring to himself
truthful
blur
obsessive
"I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity."
-Nick when referring to Jordan
What does the end of Chapter 3 reveal about Jordan? About Nick?
cunning
lying covers her insecurities
uses lying to boost her self-esteem
avoids clever men
Nick tries his best to be a truthful narrator,
but he is human and tends to be biased.
attracted to Jordan despite her lies
The quotes are ironic because if Nick was honest he would admit to loving Jordan... he seems to be hiding this emotion by simplifying it to 'curiosity'
honest
Notice the last paragraph in Chapter 3.
Is Nick being overly proud here? Discuss.
Although Nick may be the most honest person he knows, he is not
necessarily
.
"I am one of the few honest people I have ever known."
honest
definitely not
someone who is and shouldn’t feel the need to state or prove their
he has a girl he is in a relationship with already but doesn't break it off when he starts seeing Jordan
in addition...
humble
honest
truthful
legitmacy
Conclusively ...
is introduced as friendly and warm
has crazy parties
throws his money around
meets Nick

Jordan
and
Nick
are expanded upon and flaws
rise to the surface

GATSBY
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