Why does Fitzerald list all of Gatsby's party guests?

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The guest list for Gatsby's party supports Gatsby's efforts to support his delusion of being one of the beautiful and important people in the New York social society of his time. Fitzgerald populated the party with individuals representing all the interest groups and influential parties and varied activities that were present in the United States at that time.

Guests came from East Egg, the location of the old money and long-established social importance. Guests came from West Egg, newer members of the social elite. Others came from New York City proper and from other locations and backgrounds. The common factor among all the guests was that they "accepted Gatsby's hospitality and paid him the subtle tribute of knowing nothing whatever about him." Knowledge of their host wasn't as important as being seen among all those other recognizable (for reasons reputable or not) people.

 

In Chapter 3, Nick describes in detail one of Gatsby's lavish parties.  Fitzgerald tediously takes the time to...

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