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Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story of the Great Gatsby in chapter 3

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´╗┐LYDIA GEORGE Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 3. Chapter 3 unveils the mystery that is "Jay Gatsby". Nick is invited to one of Gatsby?s ?small party?s? and through Nick the reader learns about Gatsby. Fitzgerald does this so the reader learns about Gatsby at the same time as Nick and can make their own judgements about him as well as hearing Nick?s opinions and thoughts. Gateby?s background however remains unknown in this chapter. This chapter explains why Gatsby is so popular among a hedonistic society of the west and east egg. Fitzgerald tells the story in the beginning of chapter 3 through his use of colour. Fitzgerald describes the 'turkeys [to be] bewitched to a dark gold'. The choice of the usually bland meat becoming 'dark gold' is significant as it symbolic of the people at the party. Like the turkey they are ?gilded?, but this is only on the surface; underneath they are really vacuous. ...read more.

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The word ?stars? could also suggest fate or good fortune. Another way Fitzgerald shows this is when Nick describes the "lights grows dimmer... the earth lurches away from the sun" this is a very forced and unnatural image of what is normally considered as beautiful- a sunset. This again presents Gatsby's and the guest's worlds as false and unnatural; this shows Gatsby's reality is largely made up of a smokescreen. Fitzgerald in chapter 3 focussed on the extravagance which Gatsby portrays and which is significant to the plot of the novel. Gatsby is an individual who flaunts his riches, so that everyone knows he is wealthy. The reader is given no doubt as to Gatsby?s wealth and this is emphasised by the parties he throws at the weekends. Gatsby goes to great lengths for his parties, from importing food from the finest of countries, and serving champagne and "liquors with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another" to his large buffets and to hiring an orchestra to perform. ...read more.

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Fitzgerald uses both the voice of his narrator Nick and the setting that Nick presents in order to tell the story at the end of Chapter 3. Nick?s narration hints at the dreamlike world of Gatesby. The lights illuminating the garden are plentiful and create an ?artificial light? to which Gatsby?s ?like moths?. Fitzgerald is portraying the guest?s inability to resist the wealth on display and their gravitation towards the light. They are drawn to the magical unreality of Gatsby's world and this is portrayed through Fitzgerald's images of the frenzy and excitement that surrounds Gatsby. Furthermore, Fitzgerald tells the story by highlighting how the narrative is unreliable as the narrator Nick ?lurches? into the extravagance of both Gatsby?s party and his life at this part of the novel. Fitzgerald emphasises the point in the irony of how, although he doesn?t drink, Nick is intoxicated by the ?gaudy? brilliance of the setting; thus, Fitzgerald has also told the story through his use of voice as he reminds the reader that Nick?s narrative filters reality as the character does not, in fact, ?reserve all judgements?, especially when the ?Great? Gatsby is involved. ...read more.

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