The Great Gastby

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Discussion Questions for Chapter Three of The Great Gatsby What simile does Fitzgerald use to describe the way people came and went to Gatsby’s parties? (39) Like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. What does Gatsby’s Rolls-Royce seem to become on the weekends? (39) An omnibus. What arrives at Gatsby’s every Friday? (39) Five crates of oranges and lemons. What leaves Gatsby’s every Monday? What change has occurred? (39) The same oranges and lemon lay in a pulp-less heap ready to be picked up. How does Gatsby provide music for his parties? (40) He has an orchestra. What’s present at Gatsby’s parties that the Volstead (or, Prohibition) Act of 1919 prohibited? (40) Alcohol. What about Nick is different from the other guests at Gatsby’s parties? (41) He had actually been invited, unlike most who had shown up. Nick says, “People were not invited.” What does he say that they do instead? (41) He said they got into automobiles that drove them to Long Island and somehow they arrived at Gatsby’s. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby and after that just had a good time. What rules of behavior seem to apply at Gatsby’s parties? In other words, how do people conduct themselves while there? (41) While at Gatsby’s parties, people act as if they were at an amusement park. Who comes to invite Nick to Gatsby’s party? (41) A chauffer in a uniform. What adjective does Nick use to describe Gatsby’s handwriting? (41) Majestic. What color does Nick dress in to attend Gatsby’s party? What meaning might this color convey? (41) He’s dressed in white flannels, which may mean purity or social purity. Nick calls the groups of people “swirls and eddies of people I didn’t know.” Why might he choose to use this particular metaphor to describe the strangers there? (41-42) Answers will vary, but may include: he feels he is
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