The Great Gatsby Ch 3 Study Guide

Nick describes the people who attend Gatsby’s parties and says “that once there, the guests conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks.” Given this, what can you conclude is Nick’s opinion of Gatsby’s party guests? He is not impressed. All of these fancy people behave like drunken fools. Nick isn’t a big drinker, and it’s not much fun to hang out with a bunch of drunks when you’re the only sober one around.
Why does Jordan want to leave the group from East Egg? She’s bored with the group and there’s a young man serving as her escort who has been coming on too strong.
Why does Nick want to leave the group? He wants to meet Gatsby. He was one of the few people who was actually invited to the party and he wants to meet the host/his neighbor.
Who is Owl-Eyes? What surprises him about Gatsby’s library? Why would this impress him? He is A middle-aged drunk man sitting in Gatsby’s library as he tries to sober up a bit.He is stunned that the books in Gatsby’s massive library are real.In West Egg, it’s common to find that things have been built merely for show, but that they are actually a facade. He expected the books to be fake ones, or just blank books, so he’s impressed to realize that Gatsby has gone to great expense to furnish a real library. It’s sort of like modern homes that are built with marble columns, but you find out later that the columns are actually hollow and faux painted. Symbolically, the library connects to Gatsby himself as your students will soon realize that he’s a fraud, too.
What unexpected common bond do Gatsby and Nick share? They fought in similar battalions during World War I and Gatsby recognizes Nick – quite the coincidence!
Nick says, “I was looking at an elegant young roughneck…whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.” What is Fitzgerald trying to convey here about Gatsby? How should we feel about Gatsby here? The author is trying to make us see that Gatsby is putting on a bit of a show.He’s not all he seems to be and we should be a bit wary of fully trusting him. We like him and are impressed by his generosity in throwing such parties, but we’re also a bit skeptical about his background.
Why do you suppose that Jordan does not believe Gatsby when he says that he had attended Oxford College in England? The way he explains it to people make us all think that he’s trying too hard to impress. Also, Jordan is a huge liar and, well, it takes one to know one, right?
In what ways is Gatsby’s behavior at his party quite unlike the behavior of most of his guests? He doesn’t drink and he holds to strict formality. He’s removed from the raucous fun.
Toward the end of the party, we have the unflattering description of husbands and wives and also the drunk who has crashed his car. What is Fitzgerald’s deeper message to us here? There’s several potential answers here. First, he may just be showing how poorly people behave when they’re drunk. Second, he might be showing that drunken parties are the great leveler; people from both West Egg and East Egg illegally drink to excess. Finally, he could be hinting that there will always be a price to pay for over-indulging. Literally, these people will have bruised marriages and broken cars; figuratively, the wheels are falling off the forward motion of the country. The Roaring Twenties will, of course, lead to the hangover of the Dirty Thirties/the Great Depression.
Jordan declares to Nick that she “hates careless people.” Explain the irony here. Jordan is about as careless/irresponsible as they come. She cheats, lies, and accidentally destroys other people’s property (the convertible) all without taking any sort of responsibility. She is exactly what she says she hates.

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