What striking impressions of Gatsby's grand party does Fitzgerald convey to you in this passage?The passage is from the start of Chapter 3 to the line "The party has begun".

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am always reminded of how hollow the party is.  Everyone that goes there is shallow.  There are no real friends.  People go because Gatsby has the party, and they stay because it’s a party.

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The parties are opulent and wild. The richness of the parties in no way serves to civilize them. As stated above, the scene is unnatural and many of the details in this passage related to how much work goes into creating the atmosphere and trucking in both people and food. This is not an organic celebration, but a manufactured hoopla. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The color imagery in this passage evokes an imitative state, a falseness, as well as suggesting luxury, opulence, and Hedonism.  There is, for instance, the "blue gardens" of Gatsby--blue is never a color found in gardens.  Opulence is suggested in even the food turning to a "dark gold," and the hedonistic overtones emerge with the laughter that "spilled with prodigality."

More yellow imagery--suggestive of corruption and artificiality--appears with the "yellow cocktail music" that is surrounded by the chatter of men and women who do not even know each others' names.  The artifical lights grow brighter as the "earth lurches away from the sun" and real light.