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The Great Gatsby Chapter 3
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 3
Plot Points Continued
-He didn't see Jordan for a while, but in mid-summer he found her again and "was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf champion, and everyone knew her name" (58)
-Nick says Jordan is "incurably dishonest" (58). She is also a terrible driver.
-Nick ends with "I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known". (59)
-in West Egg, a place of new money
-During the early summer
-Gatsby throws a party at his mansion
-"Blue gardens" (41)
-"on the hot sands of his beach" (41)
-Gatsby's library described: "On a chance we tried an important-looking door, and walked into a high Gothic library, panelled with carved English Oak, and probably transported complete from some ruin overseas."
Importance of the Chapter
-Gatsby is finally introduced and Nick meets him. (49)
-We start to learn more about who Gatsby is, and who the other characters are. There are rumours about Gatsby, saying that he went to Oxford.
-East Egg and West Egg people are together at the party, even though they are different social classes.
-Nick becomes attracted to Jordan
-Gatsby is just a bunch of rumours to Nick. Now he has a story and a past, that Nick has to figure out.
Plot Points Continued
-Nick is shocked to find out the man he's speaking with is Gatsby himself (49)
-Nick and Jordan discuss Gatsby's past, as there are many rumours about him: "Well, he told me once he was an Oxford man." (50)
-Nick watches Gatsby "standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes" (51)
-Husbands and wives, drunk, argued about leaving the party
-Nick joins the last of Gatsby's guests and apologizes to Gatsby that he didn't know who he was earlier.
-Nick and Gatsby say goodnight and Nick walks out.
-As Nick leaves, a car is in the ditch. It's Owl Eyes, and another man who is very drunk. (54-56)
-Gatsby throws massive parties at his house even the people who don’t know Gatsby still come without an invatation
-Description of Gatsby's parties: "There was music from my neighbour's house through summer nights..." (41)
-Nick gets an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties by his chauffeur.
-Nick meets with Jordan Baker along with her friend Lucille at the party.
-Nick and Jordan walk around Gatsby's mansion and come into the library, where they meet a man named Owl Eyes. He is unusual. "I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library" (47)
-Loneliness: Gatsby is surrounded by many people at his party, but he stands alone watching. (51)
-Night vs Day: Gatsby throws his parties at night
-Appearance vs reality: Even thought Gatsby appears to be rich, he is still considered "new" rich, causing him to struggle to fit in.
-West Egg vs East Egg: Both people from each class appear at the same party
-Owl Eyes: Like the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, he see everything, but is an uninvolved spectator.
(41) "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains" (41)
-stance of people (diving)
-dreamy-like use of words
-moth imagery: moths move towards light as safety, and these people came to Gatsby's party in the same way.
-use of colour imagery: "blue gardens" and "yellow bug"
(42) "By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived, no thin five-piece affair, but a whole pit full of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos, and low and high drums. The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing up-stairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colours, and hair shorn in strange new ways, and shawls beyond the dreams of Castile. The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names."
-"and" repition used to draw attention to the passage
-use of "floating rounds" makes a dreamy feeling
-sound imagery: the list of instruments, " the air is alive with chatter and laughter"
(42) "The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word."
-Simile between the lights and the earth
-use of colour "yellow"
-Alcohol imagery, being compared to laughter. Words like "spilled" and "tipped"
(51) "My eyes fell on Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes. His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed every day."
-stance of Gatsby "standing alone on the marble steps"
-description of him: tanned skin and short hair
(53) “It was . . . simply amazing,” she repeated abstractedly. “But I swore I wouldn’t tell it and here I am tantalizing you.” She yawned gracefully in my face: “Please come and see me . . . Phone book . . . Under the name of Mrs. Sigourney Howard . . . My aunt . . . ” She was hurrying off as she talked — her brown hand waved a jaunty salute as she melted into her party at the door.
-Pauses used to emphasize, showing that she's out of breath as she hurries to leave
-Use of colour "brown hand"
(54) "But as I walked down the steps I saw that the evening was not quite over. Fifty feet from the door a dozen headlights illuminated a bizarre and tumultuous scene. In the ditch beside the road, right side up, but violently shorn of one wheel, rested a new coupe which had left Gatsby's drive not two minutes before. The sharp jut of a wall accounted for the detachment of the wheel, which was now getting considerable attention from half a dozen curious chauffeurs."
-This scene foreshadows the car incident later in the novel, when Myrtle is killed.
-It also shows the carelessness and recklessness of the people during this time period.
-Repetition of "old sport" used by Gatsby towards Nick.
-Much use of dialogue between people
-Owl Eyes appears twice in the chapter (46 and 55)
-Repetition of "goodnight" between Gatsby and Nick (54)
"His blue gardens" (41) "Yellow bug" (41)
"Bewitched to a dark gold" (41) "Gaudy with primary colours" (42)
"Yellow cocktail music" (42) "Chauffeur in a uniform of robin's-egg blue" (43)
"Dressed up in white flannels" (43) "Two girls in twin yellow dresses" (44)
"Slender golden arm resting in mine" (44) "Gas blue with lavender beads" (45)
"Triangle of silver scales" (48) "Inky colour" (52)
"Tall, red-haired young lady" (52) "Black rivulets" (52)
"Her brown hand waved a jaunty salute" (53)
"We talked for a moment about some wet, grey little villages in France" (48)
-Formally invited to Gatsby's party by a chauffeur (43)
-Wears white flannels to Gatsby's party (43)
-Was in the Twenty-eighth Infantry during WW1
-Has a liking for Jordan "tender curiosity" (58)
-Says "I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (59)
-"Slender, golden arm" (44)
-Likes how Gatsby throws large parties as they are more intimate (50)
-Golf champion, everyone knows of her
-"Incurably dishonest" (58)
-"Jaunty body" (58)
-"Rotten driver" (59)
-"Grey, sun-strained eyes" (59)
-Nick says she avoided "clever, shrewd men"
-Introduced in chapter 3
-There are many rumours about his past, such as that he was in WW1, he killed a man, he was a German spy, and was in the American army
-Claims he is not a very good host as Nick didn't recognize him
-Says "old sport" a lot to Nick
-Claims he is an Oxford man
-Stands alone at his parties watching the groups
-Talks to Jordan privately during the party, but she promises not to tell anyone
-No one swooned over him
-Tanned skin, short hair
-Jordan and Nick meet him in Gatsby's library
-Enormous owl-eyed spectacles
-Fascinated by Gatsby's real books
-Part of a car accident, says he wasn't the one driving
-Symbolizes Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, as he sees everything, but is a bystander
Other Minor Characters
-"Talking in low, earnest voices to prosperous Americans" (43)
Two girls in yellow
-Met Jordan before at a previous party
-One named Lucille
-Accompanied by three men all named Mr. Mumbles
-Did a baby act in costumes at the party (48)