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Symbolism is The Great Gatsby: Parties and Alcohol

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Robert Dukes

on 27 May 2015

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Transcript of Symbolism is The Great Gatsby: Parties and Alcohol

Parties and Alcohol
Parties and alcohol are a very important and prevalent factor within the novel. They play a key role in progressing the plot and characters. During this time in American history prohibition was in full swing yet alcohol was readily available just as in the novel.
Example #2:
Chapter 3: This is the first time the reader is properly introduced to Gatsby's extravagant parties. Alcohol is a constant present as flows from bottle to person with such ease.
Quote: "I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library."
Example #3:
Chapter 4: In this chapter Gatsby takes Nick to see and meet his associate Wolfsheim. They meet him in a speakeasy where alcohol is quite abundant during this time of Prohibition.
Quote: "He's a bootlegger… One time he killed a man who had found out... Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter."
Example #4:
Chapter 6: Gatsby hosts another party just as extravagant as the one before. This time Tom comes with Daisy instead of leaving her alone with men and alcohol.
Quote: “I'll have something to drink for you in just a minute.”
Example #5:
Chapter 7: Everyone including Tom, Nick Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan go into the city. This is when conflict between Gatsby and Tom starts to arise after Tom starts to realize what is happening with his wife and the alcohol did not help the conflict.
Quote: '“Make us a cold drink,” cried Daisy.'
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Chapter 2: Nick and Tom go to a get together with his mistress where alcohol is heavily involved. Tom ends up hitting Myrtle for talking about Daisy under the influence of said alcohol.
Quote: "A bottle of whiskey was now in constant demand by everyone."
Symbolism in The Great Gatsby
By: Robert Dukes

The symbolic element involving parties and alcohol in this novel is extremely prevalent within the novel. A scene involving one or the other appears in almost every chapter. It is represented rightly so because even in this prohibition era alcohol still flowed with great ease.
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