Great Gatsby Essay

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In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby Nick is invited to one of Gatsby’s extravagant parties. He arrives only to find he doesn’t know where Gatsby is, and then he runs into Jordan Baker. Together they set off to find Gatsby and they head to the library where they find “Owl Eyes”, a drunken man trying to get sober. After talking to “Owl Eyes” for awhile they head outside again where Nick unknowingly starts a conversation with Gatsby. After revealing himself, Gatsby tells Jordan that he would like to speak to her privately. Later “Owl Eyes” drives his car into a ditch and the chapter ends with Nick describing his life in New York and driving in a car with Jordan. The quote that best describes Jordan Baker is, “Let’s get out…this is much too polite for me” (45). The bad qualities of Jordan Baker are she is deceitful, derisive, and contemptuous. Jordan’s good qualities are she is a strong and supportive woman. Fitzgerald developed Jordan Baker throughout The Great Gatsby because she is an example of how people prey on other people for money. In addition, Jordan Baker is important because she represents a new type of woman in her time.
This chapter’s meaningful quote is significant to the novel’s plot. This is evident when Nick first talks to Gatsby and describes his smile:
He smiled understandingly- much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in life…It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, hoped to convey. (48)
This quote is important to the stories plot because it described Gatsby as people saw him, a charismatic person who cared. It also was Nick’s first impression of how Gatsby can seem like the greatest person in the world. In addition, this quote showed why Gatsby was so liked and why his parties were always hopping. In The Great Gatsby the colors yellow and gold symbolize corruptness, destruction, and wealth. The color yellow is mentioned often when describing Gatsby’s parties. For example, yellow is mentioned when describing the music, “The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music…” (40). Then again when describing what people were wearing, “She held my hand impersonally…and gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps” (42). The symbol yellow is important to the story because it symbolizes wealth, which Gatsby is using to impress Daisy. The color gold is used to describe the food, “On buffet tables…and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold” (40), and to describe Jordan, “With Jordan’s slender golden arm resting in mine…” (43). This symbol is important to the story because it symbolizes corruptness and displays the...

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