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Do you think that Fitzgerald's style of writing helps the reader to experience the settings; the characters' lives, ambition, etc? How? Explain. I need to know because I can't fully comprehend.

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The third chapter of Gatsby is especially conducive to this discussion. Here, Fitzgerald narrates the chapter opening with a dispassionate catalogue of the build up to one of Gatsby's parties. As the chapter moves on, the text follows Nick's experience of entering and being rather lost at one of these parties. 

This section attempts to convey the immensity of the parties from both the practical and the experiental side of things. 

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I think that Fitzgerald's convoluted style helps you experience the story as if you were there.  The setting is distant to us today.  Reading his prose makes us feel as if we are there, recreating the Roaring Twenties and all that comes with that.  It's obviously compelling.  Readers still get lost in it after this long.

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Fitzgerald's style of writing in The Great Gatsby is very dense - he includes a great deal of carefully thought-out detail to provide a very complete picture of the characters, the surroundings, and the action. The key to reading and understanding the story is to take it slowly, possibly rereading a chapter more than once to catch more details as you go through it again, and to be aware that every single sentence carries significance of some sort.

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