Parties In The Great Gatsby

Coming from The Great Gatsby written by Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald uses Gatsby’s parties to symbolize something that the readers would never expect. Gatsby’s parties are symbolized at the beginning of the book as rowdy parties where the rich have lots of fun by drinking and spreading rumors. By the end of the book, Fitzgerald had completely changed the meaning of the parties to that Gatsby held them to show off his wealth to Daisy and so she could come and see him. By doing this, it can be known that the rich were very selfish in the 1920s and only wanted to benefit themselves.

Fitzgerald himself begins the story by showing the readers what many people during the 1920s considered to be a party. These parties were filled with expensive entertainment,
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The parties show that the rich like to have fun because of how rowdy they were, how expensive they were, and how drunk the rich got. The parties begin to take their true shape in the middle of the story. “She didn 't like it…” (Fitzgerald 109) This quote shows that Gatsby is comparing the success of the party on whether or not Daisy liked it. Gatsby was only having parties because he thought Daisy liked them, but since Daisy didn 't like them, he stopped having them. By doing this, Gatsby was undermining what Fitzgerald had already symbolized the parties as. Through Gatsby’s actions, Fitzgerald was changing the meaning of the parties because Gatsby wasn 't having the parties to have fun, he was having them so Daisy would like him. This completely goes against what the parties represented in the early chapters because earlier in the book, the parties showed the wealthy’s need for fun and to be popular, but all Gatsby cared about was impressing Daisy. “...his career as Trimalchio was over” (Fitzgerald 113). Again, it is seen that Gatsby was only having the parties to impress Daisy. He was trying to show off his money and wanted to spend time with her. During the middle stages of the book, the meaning of the parties shifted from the wealthy just having tons of fun to Gatsby wanting to impress Daisy and show off his

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