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LIT 211D

Heather BrownBrown 1 LIT 211D 21770The Individual and SocietyPaper 2 RevisionProfessor Power 8 April 2013 Jay GatsbyEach character in F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby has a unique relationship with the people closest to them and beyond that societyJay Gatsbys reputation precedes him as a person in fact Gatsby himself does not appear in a speaking role until Chapter 3He is the subject of a whirlwind of gossip throughout New York and is already a kind of legendary celebrity before he is ever introduced to the readerHe learns the hard way that the American Dream he believes in so wholeheartedly is just that a dreamJay Gatsby lives in West Egg of Long Island and throws extravagant parties that make him seem like he has more than plenty of connections and people to invite to his lavish home Everything from the guests to the orchestra is in large numbersThe catch to this grand facade is that as Nick explains they came and went without having met Gatsby at all they came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission Fitzgerald 40Nearly everybody that attends his parties has never met their host nor even knows what he looks likeNick his next door neighbor was one of the few people invited to one of his many partiesGatsby doesnt want to know the people at his parties unless they know Daisy The luxury of his home is an illusion that represents his loneliness as he waits for Daisy to come aroundIn the end nobody even cared enough about their host to attend his funeral when the party was over
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