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The Great Gatsby Chapter 3

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Lisa Biegler

on 28 May 2015

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 3


Our narrator attends a party in Gatsby's Mansion in the West Egg all evening/night.
He appears to be the only guest invited.
The majority of guests at these extravaganzas are wealthy Americans. There are some young Englishmen too, prospecting the business field in front of them. Gatsby's parties contain a diverse crowd that are sophisticated, superficial, flashy, gossipy, and rowdy.
Nick meets Gatsby unexpectedly.
Gatsby pulls Jordan into a private meeting for an hour and Nick doesn't find out what transpired.
Nick takes a break from talking about the story to establish and
comment on other events in
his life at the time.
appearance vs. reality
New Rich = vitality & optimism

don't understand yet
hard to place

The meaning of all of this elaborate party celebrations and phrases like old sport will eventually be explained in the story but they don't make sense to us yet.
Old sport
People are not invited to Gatsby's parties, they just show up. They are known for being
, and
. It seems that no one can find Gatsby, and most people make it through the entire party without catching one glimpse of him.
Our narrator hears multiple crazy rumors and speculations about Gatsby.
It seems no one really knows any facts.
Literary Devices
In Third Division in war
Around the same age
not fabulously rich
have higher status than middle class
outsiders in society
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
as an author.
He wants to prove that although he attends parties, he is still very objective and trustworthy, though now we are questioning that.
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
"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?
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'
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
"I am one of the few honest people I have ever known."
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...
Conclusively ...
is introduced as friendly and warm
has crazy parties
throws his money around
meets Nick

are expanded upon and flaws
rise to the surface

Chapter 3
"Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (59)
Nick makes a point to tell us he is honest, yet by his actions and revelations in this chapter, we don't see this virtue proven very well as he hasn't been completely upfront with us, the reader.
"Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men, and now I saw that this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible. She was incurably dishonest. She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body." (57)
Nick judges Jordan for not being an honest person, and he still continues to hang out with her. She is an extremely advantageous and cunning person.
"It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five time in life. It faced - or seemed to face - the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on your with an irresistible prejudice in your favor." (48)
"his Rolls-Royce became an onmibus. While his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains." (39)
Elaborateness of the wealth.
Englishmen "all looking hungry"
"it was on the tip of my tongue"
"a tray of cocktails floated toward us"
"the whole library was likely to collapse"
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