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Compare Gatsby's parties at West Egg and Tom's parties in New York. How do they differ...

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astax | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 20, 2008 at 12:06 AM via web

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Compare Gatsby's parties at West Egg and Tom's parties in New York. How do they differ and how are they similar?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:18 AM (Answer #1)

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The parties at both Tom and Gatsby's are both sodden affairs, filled with too much alcohol and it effects. However, the motivation behind the parties is different. Gatsby has parties simply to attract the attention of Daisy Buchanan.No one seems to get hurt at the parties and everyone seems to have a good time. But Gatsby himself doesn't even attend his own parties and is rarely seen during them. Tom wants to have a good time with his mistress, Myrtle. He attends the parties and in fact, becomes on one the biggest boors there. At one memorable party, he gets into an argument with Myrtle and hits her. No one is impressed and most people end up embarrassed at their hosts, unlike Gatsby's parties, where most people never see their host.

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