The Great Gatsby Chapter 9 Analysis

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The ‘timetable’ list that Nick creates noted in Chapter four is a great example of the dwelling and pretentiousness of the wealthy living in the Jazz Age. By Chapter four it is clear that Nick isn’t spending his time selling bonds, but socialising and living in the dream of a mysterious neighbour, which is illustrated well in this chapter. Nick begins the chapter telling the reader “I can still read the gray names, and they will give you a better impression than my generalities”, already persuading the reader that the upcoming ‘facts’ that were written simply of those whom attended, setting aside his ‘generalities’. He then goes on to contradict his previous statement by then judging the attendees – “...a whole clan named Blackbuck, who always…show more content…
Firstly, Nick describes those from East Egg whom are distinguished with aristocratic-sounding names such as the Stonewall Jacksons, the Voltaires and the Chrysties. From West Egg come the more ethnic-sounding surnames such as Pole, Gulick and Schwartze. Fitzgerald uses these names to symbolise the established social order in East Egg and the ‘new money’ in West Egg, relating to the mass immigration of the 20’s. The date Nick recalls, “July 5, 1922” , as if to suggest that the party were being held to celebrate Independence Day – something that none of the wealthy that attended the party worked toward. It is curious to note that Nick recounts the names off notes he took on a timetable dated July 5, 1922, the day after Independence Day, as if to indicate these people have somehow only just arrived and are enjoying the benefits of independence that they didn't even fight for, another example of their pretentiousness. To conclude, the Jazz Age as Fitzgerald coined, shows that the wealthy love large social gatherings, getting intoxicated and gossip, without knowing who they’re gossiping, drinking and surrounded by. Some know others, but the prime example of this is the attendee’s knowledge of Gatsby – or lack of. It is usual for the audience (21st Century) to think of being invited to large parties knowing the host but not most of the guests – the very point
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