In Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, what is the meaning of the final scene of the party?

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Several events unfold in this scene, all of which provide the basis for some greater understanding of characters and the setting in which they find themselves:  we have a drunken car wreck as the last revelers leave Gatsby’s wild party; we have Gatsby himself, who seems to care not a whit about the drama unfolding in his driveway; and we have Nick, our narrator, who hold himself apart from the scene even as a large crowd of partygoers is gathered around the site of the crash.

The significance of the crash itself has been explained the other educators’ answers to this question.  To place it all in context, The Great Gatsby takes place during the Roaring Twenties, a post-war era when the world was migrating from agricultural centers to urban, industrialized centers, when an excess of wealth led to an excess of free time and an intense desire to fill that void left by hard labor with adventure.  This adventure is characterized in the book by these wild parties and intense social hours, by...

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