Analysis of the First Party in The Great Gatsby

             The roaring 20's, surrounded by Jazz, new beginnings and chaos. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a true cross section of the post war era known by most as the Jazz Era. Chapter 3 is the reader's first introduction to Jay Gatsby as well as the social circle with which he is trying to run. At this point in the novel, Gatsby is still a very mysterious figure that is surrounded by rumors and lies, much like the Gatsby's real life. Nick describes Gatsby's parties as being grand, elaborate affairs emphasizing that he is the perfect host, both courteous and generous. Nevertheless, Gatsby is generous to the point that people arrive without invitations and show up merely to use his house, cars, or boats.
             However, it seems that Gatsby sets Nick apart for some yet unknown reason because he is sent a hand written invitation. He had never succumbed to the temptation to go over to one of Gatsby's parties, showing Nick's integrity. When Nick arrives at the party he goes from being a spectator to a participant in the chaos. Our narrator gives us a unique view into the lives of the partygoers. However, our first impressions of the party are not very inviting. Nick soon discovers that the glamorous, refined partygoers are in fact quite shallow and not very interesting.
             Soon, Nick stumbles upon Jordan Baker who he spends his time with for the rest of the evening and they begin to mingle with other guests at the party. They soon learn many interesting facts about their host and also many interesting rumors. One of the underlying themes in The Great Gatsby is the point where reality meets rumors. Yet, the rumors shaped at the party show the reader just how uncaring the guests at Gatsby's party really are concerning their host. The guests don't even bother to distinguish truth and fiction and just create what they want to hear or believe about their host. Interestingly enoug

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