Great Gatsby Ch. 3

Nick describes the people who attend Gatsby’s parties and says “that once there, the guests conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks.” Given this, what can you conclude is Nick’s opinion of Gatsby’s party guests? He does not have much respect for them, judging them, and this is the only time they have to party because if the prohibition
Why does Jordan want to leave the group from East Egg? Why does Nick want to leave the group? It is too polite, reserved, and too boring. She wants to be where the fun is. Nick wants to find Gatsby and follows Jordan around because he does not want to be alone.
Who is Owl-Eyes? What surprises him about Gatsby’s library? Why would this impress him? Owl-Eyes was drunk, stout, middle-aged man wearing an “enormous pair of owl-eyed spectacles.” The books were all new and unread; the pages were still stuck together.
What unexpected common bond do Gatsby and Nick share? Both of them were in the third division in France in the world war
Nick says, “I was looking at an elegant young roughneck…whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.” What is Fitzgerald trying to convey here about Gatsby? How should we feel about Gatsby here? He is not very polished but looks formal and sounds very sophisticated. Rough around the edges, words are practiced, something off.
Why do you suppose that Jordan does not believe Gatsby when he says that he had attended Oxford College in England? He doesn’t fit Jordan’s stereotype of an Oxford man. He’s not naturally sophisticated and he is trying too hard.
In what ways is Gatsby’s behavior at his party quite unlike the behavior of most of his guests? He doesn’t party or drink, just watches the party guests.
Toward the end of the party, we have the unflattering description of husbands and wives and also the drunk who has crashed his car. What is Fitzgerald’s deeper message to us here? Rich people are more reckless because they have a surplus of money. Money doesn’t make them happy because they have to go back to their normal boring lives.
Jordan declares to Nick that she “hates careless people.” Explain the irony here. She cheats her to the top and is the most careless person in the room. She doesn’t care for anyone else’s feelings except her own.
Toiled (v) to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously
Prodigality (n) extravagant wastefulness
Eddies (n) A current moving in the opposite direction of the main current
dissension (n) disagreement, sharp difference of opinion
Malevolence (noun) a desire to harm others; evil
tantalizing (v.) Torment or tease someone with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable
Discordant (adj) Disagreeing or incongruous
Poignant (adj) evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

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