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Compare Gatsby's parties at West Egg and Tom's parties in New York. How do they differ and how are they similar?

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Although people are drawn to Gatsby's parties for the extravagance, Gatsby sets a welcoming, festive tone for everyone to enjoy. People are drawn to the house "like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars" (Chapter 3). Gatsby has the finest fruits delivered from New York each Monday in preparation for the weekend's festivities. A full orchestra is employed for entertainment and an open bar keeps cocktails circulating among chattering and happy guests. Yet for all his generosity, Nick notes that "sometimes [the guests] came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission" (Chapter 3). Gatsby doesn't personally know each of his guests, nor does he care to do so. In fact, there is only one guest whom Gatsby truly cares to entertain.

In contrast, Tom 's party is much more intimate, with only a few guests in attendance. The tone of this party is much less welcoming and light; the conversation...

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