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Context Essay for The Great Gatsby (Start of Chapter 3)

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Alice Lamprecht 10G Context Essay This is a very revealing extract because it shows many facts about Gatsby?s lifestyle and what he uses to attempt to attract Daisy. In this extract we see Gatsby?s lifestyle and one of his many extravagant parties through his neighbor Nick?s eyes. This extract comes before Gatsby meets Daisy again after their five years of separation, and after Nick has visited Tom and Daisy?s house where he also met Jordan. This extracts shows how wealthy Gatsby is and how his lifestyle is the perfect example of conspicuous consumption. In this extract we see a long list of expensive possessions that belong to Gatsby such as ?his beach? or ?his Rolls-Royce?. Before each object the possessive pronoun ?his? is used to emphasize Gatsby?s wealth. All the objects listed are objects that are commonly associated with wealth and the accomplishment of the American Dream. The scale of Gatsby?s parties also flaunts his wealth. ...read more.


This reminds us of when Nick described the first time he saw Gatsby and he disappeared as though he were a magician. This also prepares us for the moment when we find out that Gatsby transforms Daisy from a normal girl into something magical. We feel sympathy for Gatsby as we know that he is trying to attract Daisy with his lavish parties but all he has managed to attract are ?moths?. As this is how the girls at the party are described we see them as irritating, because moths are common household pests. Although Gatsby is wealthy and has achieved the American Dream he has no real friends to invite to his many parties so is left with ?moths?. Fitzgerald is criticizing the American Dream because this shows that he doesn?t have everything although he has accomplished the American Dream. It also shows how Gatsby is a bright light that the people in this extract are drawn to. ...read more.


This reminds us of when Nick calls these people ?foul dust? as in this extract they can be seen as repulsive because of how fake they are. It also reminds us of Daisy?s artificial manner and when she insincerely calls Nick an ?absolute rose?. The division between the working class and the upper class can clearly be seen in this extract. The juice machine that has to be pressed ?two hundred times by a butler?s thumb? jucstaposes the lavish parties. This shows the division between the social classes and that to have the upper classes the working class is always needed. At Gatsby?s party there are trays of ?floating? drinks. We can also see from this that the upper class doesn?t appreciate the working class and sees them as almost invisible. This does not prepare us for the end of the book where the classes do not seem to matter. Wilson kills Gatsby even though they are from completely different social classes. It is ironic that Gatsby who is considered successful by the terms of the American dream is shot by Wilson who is considered unsuccessful. ...read more.

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