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How does Fitzgerald tell the story in Chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby".

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Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 3. In Chapter 3 Fitzgerald uses structure to tell the story by his order of the chapter. Fitzgerald starts off with Nick providing social commentary about the developing scenes at one of Gatsby's parties emphasising his contempt for the people who seemingly use Gatsby for his party but also emphases Nick's role as an outsider in the book. Fitzgerald continues this throughout the chapter to build up to Gatsby being revealed to the audience through Nick by using Nicks narrative to constantly build up Gatsby's character through the order of the chapter, Nick is then invited ceremonially by Gatsby to attend one of his party's in which they eventually meet, and when he arrives at the party he begins to hear rumours about ...read more.

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Fitzgerald tells the story in this chapter by using Nick as an unreliable narrator. This is perhaps shown the most conclusively during Gatsby being revealed to Nick. Before Gatsby is revealed to Nick they would be Gatsby is just a man or at best his 'new acquaintance' and there is very little description about him but, once he is revealed he is talked about in a very descriptive almost romantic way, Nick shows himself to be an unreliable narrator in the lines 'He smiled understandingly - much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it' and it seems this is the first time Nick actually pay close attention to Gatsby. ...read more.

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"Do you know" "he's just a man named Gatsby" "where is he from, I mean? And what does he do?" "now you're started on the subject" which shows how intrigued he is about Gatsby but, also reflects the readers feelings about Gatsby it makes us want to know more about him. The effect of this is we feel a want to know who Gatsby is and we seek solace that we might find out as Nick wants to know too and as he's the narrator he's likely to find out so the effect is that we want to know Gatsby not just about him but, actually know him. Which is a useful device for Fitzgerald as it makes us want to read on and as we do read on we become embroiled in Gatsby's character. ...read more.

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