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Does Gatsby enjoy his own parties in The Great Gatsby?

There is textual evidence in The Great Gatsby that suggests that Gatsby only has brief moments of enjoyment at his own parties. The parties are an attempt to gain social acceptance and to attract Daisy Buchanan.

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It is fair to say that Gatsby does not enjoy the parties he hosts in the same way that many of his guests do. It is also fair to say that for Gatsby, the parties are a means to an end.

The party that Gatsby hosts in chapter 3 is an over-the-top demonstration of his wealth. There are extravagant amounts of catered food, a full bar (Prohibition notwithstanding), an orchestra and dance floor, a beach, power boats, and...

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