Gatsby is different from all of his party guests in that he does not drink or socialize and remains a perfect gentleman all night. This heavily contrasts Gatsby from his belligerently drunk guests and foreshadows Gatsby's greater goal and purpose.Continue Reading
In "The Great Gatsby," Jay Gatsby does not appear until the third chapter. From the beginning of the book until then, Gatsby is only seen and discussed by the narrator from afar. At the party, Nick meets Gatsby completely by accident, assuming him to be an odd guest. Nick did not immediately recognize Gatsby because he had expected Gatsby to act more like the type of man who threw such extravagant parties and less like a well-spoken gentlemen.
As the night continues, the differences between Gatsby and his guests become more evident. Nick notes that Gatsby does not drink or dance with anyone, which is odd behavior for someone hosting a party. The only time that Nick sees Gatsby interact with anyone else at the party is when he specifically asks to speak with Jordan Baker. In Chapter 4, it is revealed that Gatsby told Jordan that he is in love with someone named Daisy Buchanan. Furthermore, Gatsby threw his parties and acted in a certain way hoping that Daisy would eventually notice him.Learn more about Classics
The narrator, Nick Carraway, describes Gatsby when they first meet as having "one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you." Nick also notes on more than one occasion how Gatsby is often called away by the butler for urgent business he must deal with over the phone, a detail that is telling of Gatsby's shady business practices.Full Answer >
In the final pages of "The Great Gatsby," Nick leaves Gatsby after finding him dead and then holding a brief funeral for him. Gatsby is shot by George Wilson, who believes Gatsby is the one who killed his wife, Myrtle. Daisy was driving Gatsby's car and was responsible for Myrtle's death, but Gatsby decides to take the blame. After killing Gatsby, George kills himself.Full Answer >
In the story "The Great Gatsby," some of the rumors that have been told about Gatsby include Gatsby being a bootlegger, a German spy, a nephew of Von Hindenburg, a second cousin to the Devil and a murderer. The novel was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.Full Answer >
Gatsby stopped hosting the parties in Chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby" because he didn't need them once he and Daisy began their affair. Gatsby had thrown the parties previously in hopes of drawing Daisy to one of them because of their extravagance.Full Answer >