Parties In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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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, were extremely rowdy, and the drinking caused people to spread many rumors. “By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived…” (Fitzgerald 40) Because of the orchestra and many other luxuries, the parties
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“Nobody came.” (Fitzgerald 174) The wealthy would come to Gatsby’s parties, drink all of his alcohol, and have a great time, but when Gatsby died, none of them showed up. They were all using Gatsby’s parties to show everyone else how much money they had and how popular they were. Unfortunately, Gatsby fell into this definition as well. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties...” (Fitzgerald 63) Gatsby was only holding the parties in hope of Daisy somehow stumbling upon one of them and the two of them reconnecting. At the parties, Gatsby wanted to show off all of his wealth to Daisy in hopes of her loving him again. “The party is over.” This quote shows that Gatsby’s hopes and dreams were long gone and he would never have another chance with Daisy. Also, this quote proves that the parties were much more than the rich people having fun and spreading

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