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What kind of people come to Gatsby's parties in The Great Gatsby?

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Posted December 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM via iOS

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What kind of people come to Gatsby's parties in The Great Gatsby?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM (Answer #1)

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The guests at Gatsby's parties include all the "beautiful people" of his day. Gatsby's aim in entertaining, as with most things, was to present himself as being highly desirable and influential in social circles. He entertained lavishly and invited important people who would be able to help him achieve his goals of making himself well-known.

From West Egg came the Poles and the Mulreadys and Cecil Roebuck and Cecil Schoen and Gulick the State senator and Newton Orchid, who controlled Films Par Excellence, and Eckhaust and Clyde Cohen and Don S. Schwartze (the son) and Arthur McCarty, all connected with the movies in one way or another.

In addition to the persons Gatsby invited to come to his parties, there were always plenty of others who came without an official invitation. These persons, who came for the excitement of associating with the official guests, were generally not as prosperous or well-established in society, but they were eager to contribute to the festivities and to partake of the liquor and to share in the general atmosphere of uninhibited merriment.

I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited - they went there...Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with an amusement park.

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