Notes on Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby | jwpblog

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 3

Chapter 3 opens with a bravura description of a party at Gatsby’s mansion. Nick is given a rich palette of poetic language to evoke the early summer hedonism of the revellers: the gardens are ‘blue’, revellers move ‘like moths among the whisperings the champagne and the stars’. Despite the obvious allure of the performance, Nick is also clearly aware of the artifice – the crates of oranges to be pulped by a machine ‘pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb’. The reader sees that he is attracted to the spectacle yet his ability to see both sides of any…

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