Party Analysis. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Party analysis

In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald advocates that the size and complexity of a party are inversely proportional to a relationship closeness. The more people are detached, the more apprehensive they are. Nick, the narrator, described the process of seeking to attention; he notices that as the event increase in size, socializing becomes more mechanical and impersonal. Thus, the solution to maintain a conversation or relationship requires a constant push for attention to create or maintain a relationship.

Main idea: misdirected affection causes tension.
The first chapter establishes the concept of misdirected affection, and precisely the idea that illicit love causes anxiety. This theme develops at a private dinner
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Tom can run around having an affair and potentially destroys families but Jordan, as a woman, can’t. Daisy, lucid of the situation, remarks this instance as she indirectly scolds Tom stating, "`Nick’s going to look after her, aren’t you, Nick? She’s going to spend lots of week-ends out here this summer. I think the home influence will be very good for her.’ (…) This lack of trust creates cynicism, the ultimate form of romantic frustration.


The second party happens at a secret apartment that Tom and Myrtle own. In this case, affection’s opposition is morale. Tom’s family does not accept commoners such as Myrtle. There is a rigid yet invisible social divide. Nick notices, “The fact that [Tom] had one was insisted upon wherever he was known. His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about, chatting with whomsoever knew. (24) For this reason, there is a sense of duality. Tom and Myrtle relationship is amorous but lacks social acceptance and proprietary. Thus, maintaining such relationship requires an emotional advertisement, a reminder of Miss Myrtle and Tom 's passion for each other. Nick describe Myrtle actions for awareness, “The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur. Her laughter, her gestures, her assertions became more violently affected moment by moment and as she expanded the room grew

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