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How does Nick describe the guests at Gatsby's party? What do these descriptions tell us...

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jlimperis | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:07 PM via web

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How does Nick describe the guests at Gatsby's party? What do these descriptions tell us about how Nick feels about most of these people?

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

Posted October 24, 2011 at 9:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Nick has set himself up as an observer and also as one that is supposed to be brutally honest about the other people he observes.  As he describes the very shallow nature and actions of the people at Gatsby's parties, it is clear that he feels they are all inconsequential and simply people who thrive on the idea of wealth and the feeling that it makes everything beautiful and good, just as Daisy feels that money can make anything beautiful.

From his tone in description and the way he points out the idiocy of many of the revelers without giving them any great depth or character, it becomes very clear that Nick looks down on them as parasites or hangers-on who float from party to party without any real existence or substance to them.

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