What are the key themes in Chapters 3 and 5 of "The Great Gatsby"?
Chapter 3 reiterates Gatsby's mysterious nature, the question of his wealth and where he gets his money. Gatsby works hard not to be on anyone's "hit list"--he doesn't like conflict. This is illustrated by the story in this chapter about the girl who ruined her gown at Gatsby's party and "inside a week I got a package from Croirier's with a new evening gown in it....Two hundred and sixty-five dollars." The women make the comment that "there's something funny about a fellow that'll do a thing like that...he doesn't want any trouble from anybody." This is also where the crazy rumors about who he is and what he's done surface. Some say he's a German spy, or he's killed someone, others wonder if the books in his library are real or just for show.
Chapter 5 introduces the relationship of Daisy and Jay Gatsby. It also reiterates the theme of illusion--everything is not what it seems. Jay is embarrassed by Nick's yard and lack of landscaping, so Jay sends a grass cutter over to trim it up a bit. He orders flowers and has them sent over to Nick's since the "meeting" between Daisy and Jay will be over tea at Nick's house. He makes a big deal of his custom-made shirts. The green light on Daisy' dock is mentioned again--representing all that Jay Gatsby wants and can't have--money, Daisy, the easy life of the wealthy. In this chapter, we know that Gatsby is an incurable romantic who is destined for disappointment since his visions don't equal reality.