What you like the most in chapter 3 and 4 The Great Gatsby and why( just few separate setences to explain what u like the most and why )What do you like the most in chapter 3 and 4 of The Great...

What you like the most in chapter 3 and 4 The Great Gatsby and why( just few separate setences to explain what u like the most and why )

What do you like the most in chapter 3 and 4 of The Great Gatsby and why( just few separate sentences to explain why )

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

F. Scott Fitzgerald's marvelous use of language is a joy that readers experience with this novel.  Fitzgerald's use of imagery and metaphor as well as other figurative language is particularly beautiful as he paints his tableau of the Jazz Age.  There is a cadence to the artist's writing that impels one to read aloud at times, and in some passages there is great musicality. Here are some examples:


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

The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music and the opera of voices pitches a key higher.  Laughter is easier, minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word.  The groups change more swiftly, swell with new arrivals, dissolve and form in the same breath--already there are wanderers, confident girls who weave here and there among the stouter and more stable, become for a sharp, joyous moment the center of a group, and then excited with triumph glide on through the sea-change of faces and voices and color under the constanly changing light. [In this passage, the reader receives the impression of a musical piece being played]

Her grey sun-strained eyes stared straight ahead, but she had deliberately shifted our relations, and for a moment I thought I loved her.  But I am slow thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires....


In this passage, Fitzgerald provides the reader a sense of fantasy with the mythological description of Gatsby's car:

With fenders spread like wings we scattered light through half Astoria--only half, for as we twisted among the pillars of the elevated I heard the familiar "jug-jug-spat!" of a motor cycle, and a frantic policeman rode alongside....Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money.


lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What do YOU like about these chapters? You have to decide this for yourself. To me, I love the description of Gatsby’s parties in chapter 3. The description of crates of oranges and lemons coming in every Friday night, being squeezed for exotic drinks, and then leaving as pulp on Monday morning is very festive. It is almost like being on a cruise boat. Dinner is served twice, and in between, there is food, dancing, an orchestra and a host that keeps telling everyone to “ask for whatever you want.” The buffet table, the meats, the sandwiches - what a fun time! True, the party is sad because it represents Gatsby trying to be someone he is not, but at least he knows how to throw a party.

Chapter 4 is a much deeper chapter because in this chapter, Jordan tells Nick all about Gatsby’s history with Daisy. It is a sad story about how they fell in love, how he left for the war, how she married Tom, how Tom has affairs, how Daisy had her little girl, and how Gatsby after all these years is still in love with Daisy – so much so that he bought a house next to hers just to be near her. He has lived there for 5 years, and Daisy has never come to one of his parties, so he is forced to ask Nick to invite her over. This chapter has a lot of information in it and explains the relationship between Nick and Daisy.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

These two chapters show me the two sides of Gatsby--his wealthy, lavish, and extravagant lifestyle and his rather shy, reserved, and insecure side.  Both are indicative of who he is; and after we get one impression of him in chapter 3, we get an entirely different view of him in chapter 4.  In some ways, Jay Gatsby isn't a very complicated man; in others, he's rather unfathomable.   These two chapters, for me, demonstrate that.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to agree with response #2. The appearance of Gatsby, the "intensity" of the party, and the mystery that still surrounds him seems to overshadow most else. In fact, it is hard for me to re-read Chapter 3 and not see Robert Redford's portrayal of Gatsby on that movie screen in the back of my mind. Few other actors could capture the mystery and lyricism of that chapter as well as Redford does. His eyes alone ARE Gatsby.

charneice2013 | Student

I dont like the gatsby at all

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