How Is Gatsby Different From His Guests

How is Gatsby different from his guests? What are the rumors told about Gatsby? What roles does Meyer Wolfsheim play in the novel?

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Here you have given a three-part question about The Great Gatsby.  Let's take each part in turn.

First, Gatsby is first very different from his guests because he is never seen as his parties.  Everyone else who attended, or who "went there" according to Nick, went there specifically TO be seen. 

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

Gatsby didn't care to be seen.  All Gatsby cared about was enticing Daisy to come to the parties, but she never came.  Gatsby is also of the upper class, unlike many of his guests.  For example, when one woman ruins a dress at Gatsby's party, he makes sure to order her a new one, a BETTER one.  It is also significant here to mention that Gatsby is one of the "new rich" and as such lives in "West Egg."  (This is in comparison with the middle class who live closer to the city, in the Valley of the Ashes in Queens, and also in comparison with the "old rich" who live in "East Egg.") ...

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