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happyqueen25 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2009 at 12:20 PM via web

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In "The Great Gatsby", compare the setting of the party in chapter two with the setting of the party in chapter one.

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 9:27 PM (Answer #1)

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During the party in Chapter 1, Nick and Jordan are eating dinner with Daisy and Tom at their home in East Egg.  It is more of a dinner party and is quiet and private.  There are only four people in total.  The conversations that take place during this dinner party include Tom discussing his opinion of moral character and values, Daisy calling Tom a "brut" because he has a injured finger because of him, and Jordan enlightening Nick on Tom's affair with Myrtle.  During this party, the characters are most likely drinking but are not drunk.

The party in Chapter 2 includes Tom, Myrtle, Nick, Catherine, and the McGees.  This party is a bit louder and during this party Nick finds out a great deal of information about Tom and just how much he lies.  Similar to the first party, the reader finds out that Tom is an extremely violent person when he hits Myrtle in the face for saying Daisy's name.  The people at this party are not wealthy as Tom, Daisy, and Jordan are but do try to be just as pretentious.  Additionally, there is a great deal of drinking going on at Myrtle's apartment during this party.

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