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How is Gatsby different from his guests? What are the rumors told about Gatsby? What...

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sweetsoso | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 8, 2008 at 3:32 AM via web

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How is Gatsby different from his guests? What are the rumors told about Gatsby? What roles does Meyer Wolfsheim play in the novel?

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lequam | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 8, 2008 at 8:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby holds himself very aloof from his guests.  At his own parties, he does not mingle much with his guests, and he does not get involved in their raucous behavior.  His guests are very open with each other, and they accept anyone that they meet.  Gatsby, on the other hand, does not reveal anything about himself, and he appears to merely tolerate the guests in his home. 

Some of the rumors that are told about Gatsby are that he has murdered somebody, that he is a spy, that he is involved in shady deals involving the smuggling of alcohol, and that he is a great hero of war. 

Meyer Wolfsheim is Gatsby's friend and is also involved in some of the questionable money-making deals in which Gatsby is involved.  Wolfsheim is portrayed in a very stereotypical manner, looking and playing the part of a rich Jew who has shady business deals. 

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