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In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby why does Owl-Eyes describe Gatsby as a real Belasco?

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Posted January 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM via web

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In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby why does Owl-Eyes describe Gatsby as a real Belasco?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Throughout chapter 3, many presumptive details are given to portray the various shades of Gatsby. Rumors fly around about his service in the army, his education at Oxford, and his business. Some even suggest that he has killed a man.

The reference to Belasco that comes from the Owl-Eyed man is very significant for several reasons. First, David Belasco was a famous actor, playwright, and producer. Owl-Eyes is suggesting that Gatsby can put on quite a show. Owl-Eyes is also saying this while very drunk. Many people's inhibitions drop when they are drunk, therefore, he may be telling a truthful tale after all of the potential lies readers have read throughout the beginning of the chapter. Furthermore, the simple symbolism in his name suggests that he might be able to see something everyone else does not.

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