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What's Gatsby's first party (chapter 3) meaning in The Great Gatsby? 

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Gatsby’s party in chapter three sets up a theme of carelessness, which is present in the story. In the modernist era, many people turned to a careless, hedonistic lifestyle as a way to cope with disillusion in their own existences, brought on by culture-shaping events like World War I and industrialization.

The way people act at the party is rather careless and hedonistic. Some attend the party without being invited:

People were not invited—they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island and some-how they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.

This quote shows that people are interested in their own entertainment, not in paying respects to their guests or...

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