The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3
In Chapter three, we are finally introduced to the subject of our book. Jay Gatsby is no longer a distant figure, however he remains an enigma. In this reading selection we also afforded a peak into the lavish parties at the Gatsby mansion. Class lines between old and new money blur amidst the decadence and luxury of the affair. As host, Gatsby seems strangely distant from the scene. In fact, he seems completely disinterested.
Nick seems most taken with Gatsby’s smile: “one of those rare smiles with the quality of reassurance in it.” We also meet Owl Eyes, a party guest who is impressed that Gatsby’s impressive library collection is real and not a façade of covers. Both of these observations give us clues that Gatsby may possess a depth and sincerity that his rich and famous party guests lack.
Nick is drawn to both Gatsby and Jordan. Why do you think this is? Jordan has proven herself to be self-centered and dishonest, while Gatsby seems unable to express his true nature and personality.
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