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What kind of people come to Gatsby's parties in The Great Gatsby?

A wide variety of people show up at Gatsby's parties. As well as his neighbors in West Egg, some members of the old money elite of East Egg also pop their heads round the door. There are eccentric characters from the theatrical world as well as a strange man called Owl Eyes who doesn't seem to fit in anywhere.

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Hardly anyone is ever invited to one of Gatsby's legendary parties. Once word gets out, they just show up and proceed to avail themselves of their host's generous hospitality. As very few people will ever pass up the opportunity for free booze, food, and entertainment, Gatsby's parties are always very well-attended.

Not surprisingly, a wide variety of guests turn up. Inevitably, Gatsby gets a lot of people from his West Egg neighborhood coming through the door. Like Gatsby, this new money crowd wants to display its wealth and sophistication for all to see. These people want to impress the old money elite, the blue bloods of East Egg like the Buchanans. They attend Gatsby's parties to see and to be seen.

Then there are the eccentric characters from the world of the theater. They clearly appreciate the theatricality of Gatsby's parties, that they are nothing more than elaborate stage performances designed to impress. Gatsby is in many ways the ultimate theatrical impresario, so one can see...

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