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what insight can the reader make of Gatsby in chapter 3?

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"What insight can the reader make into the character of Gatsby from chapter 3?" Chapter 3 unveils the mystery that is "Jay Gatsby". Well, Gatsby, as an individual anyway. His background however remains unknown in this chapter. This chapter explains Gatsby and why he is so popular among a hedonistic society of the west and east egg. Gatsby is an individual, set for everyone to know he is indeed wealthy. The reader is given an emphasis on his wealth by the parties he'd throw at the weekends. Gatsby would go to great lengths at his parties if it would mean importing food from the finest of countries, to the champagne and the "liquors with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another", to his large buffets or to hiring an orchestra to perform at his own party. Items of this kind were not common among average men like nick caraway at this point in time such as His Rolls Royce which symbolised indeed his wealth. It shows a character who gained his wealth during the economic boom of the 1920's with the development of new modern day technology at the time. ...read more.


there wasn't any women surrounding the host of the party. Gatsby again stands at the sidelines. The reader is given an insight into the fact that there is something more to this man than his hydroplane or his "Gothic library" of unread books. The reader is given an insight into perhaps, if he did become drunk perhaps, his secrets may just be revealed. Because of Gatsby's lack of involvement in his own parties, no-one seems to know who or what is "Gatsby" early on in the chapter. His lack of involvement creates a mystery to Gatsby as no one knows his background or more importantly Gatsby's source of wealth. Rumours are then created in which involved the background of Gatsby. The 1920's saw the new age in entertainment and media in which brought about the development of gossip. Average everyday working class citizens would find out about the lives of the rich and the famous. If there wasn't anything, they'd make up stories of their own. Similarly, has Gatsby fallen for this ploy in which his background (unknown) is created by the hedonists who dwell among him these same individuals who he'd invite to his now claim that "he killed a man once" or that Gatsby is a German spy. ...read more.


However every weekend the hedonists consume alcohol with ease suggesting Gatsby is somehow connected to organised crime or rather "boot-legging". The reader is given an insight into Gatsby and life in the 1920's. If everyone in the city was well aware of Gatsby's parties and the consumption of Alcohol where were the Police to stop Gatsby and arrest him? In the 1920's America it saw a rise in Organised Crime. Corruption in the police forces Meant, policemen where easily "persuaded" to turn the blind eye to wealthy individuals such as Gatsby through Organised crime groups or families through means of bribery, murder, intimidation and extortion. "boot-legging" saw a rise in criminal activity in cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Chicago (Trenton police museum - 2003). Surprisingly enough, Gatsby receives an important call from Chicago referencing to his involvement in organised crime. Which then backs evidence to suggest that, here lays a man dabbling in "Dark forces". To conclude, Gatsby is a mysterious, wealthy, "intelligent" individual. Items in which he buys who others wouldn't deem necessary he buys anyway. Gatsby is a character set out to make an image in this chapter through his wealth, speech and behaviour. Gatsby's background still remains a mystery. However, pieces to the puzzle and put together for the reader to unearth the origin of Gatsby and his wealth. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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