Gatsby is different from all of his party guests in that he does not drink or socialize and remains a perfect gentleman all night. This heavily contrasts Gatsby from his belligerently drunk guests and foreshadows Gatsby's greater goal and purpose.
In "The Great Gatsby," Jay Gatsby does not appear until the third chapter. From the beginning of the book until then, Gatsby is only seen and discussed by the narrator from afar. At the party, Nick meets Gatsby completely by accident, assuming him to be an odd guest. Nick did not immediately recognize Gatsby because he had expected Gatsby to act more like the type of man who threw such extravagant parties and less like a well-spoken gentlemen.
As the night continues, the differences between Gatsby and his guests become more evident. Nick notes that Gatsby does not drink or dance with anyone, which is odd behavior for someone hosting a party. The only time that Nick sees Gatsby interact with anyone else at the party is when he specifically asks to speak with Jordan Baker. In Chapter 4, it is revealed that Gatsby told Jordan that he is in love with someone named Daisy Buchanan. Furthermore, Gatsby threw his parties and acted in a certain way hoping that Daisy would eventually notice him.Learn More
In "The Great Gatsby," Gatsby tells Nick a wide and varied history of himself, including how he had wealthy Midwestern parents from San Francisco, was educated at Oxford, collected jewels in Europe, hunted big game and was awarded medals in World War I. Nick later learns from Jordan that while Gatsby was a military officer, Gatsby knew Nick's cousin Daisy and that he is desperately in love with her.Full Answer >
Daisy seems mysterious to Gatsby because Gatsby has built her up to be mysterious. Because of the intensity of their relationship in the beginning, and then their prolonged absence from one another, Gatsby has developed a dream image of Daisy that may not correlate with the real woman.Full Answer >
In the story "The Great Gatsby," some of the rumors that have been told about Gatsby include Gatsby being a bootlegger, a German spy, a nephew of Von Hindenburg, a second cousin to the Devil and a murderer. The novel was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.Full Answer >
"The Great Gatsby" was written in the time period of the 1920s. F. Scott Fitzgerald experienced this era firsthand and wrote his classic novel about the excess of the era.Full Answer >