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Chapter 3

  1. 1. The Great Gatsby Chapter III
  2. 2. Question 1Where is Gatsbys mansion located?1.East Egg2.West Egg3.Park Avenue4.Kidbrooke
  3. 3. Question 2What is Gatsbys first name?1.Ray2.Trey3.Jay4.Gordon
  4. 4. Question 3What reason does Nick give for Gatsbys popularity?1.People like his dark and mysterious nature2.He regularly throws lavish parties3.He once saved a child from a burning building4.He frequently gives money to the poor
  5. 5. Question 4Who is Owl Eyes?1.Gatsbys absent father2.An old man who reveals Gatsbys secret to Nick3.Nicks friend and doctor4.A man Nick runs across in Gatsbys library
  6. 6. Question 5At their first meeting,what do Nick and Gatsby realise they share in common?1.They both went to Oxford University2.They both like champagne3.They are both from the mid-West4.They served in the war together
  7. 7. Question 6What did Gatsby do before moving to Long Island?1.He was a German spy2.He was an Oxford professor3.He was a boxer4.It is unclear
  8. 8. Question 7What new invention has Gatsby just bought?1.A helicopter2.A hydroplane3.An iPhone 54.An orange and lemon juicer
  9. 9. Question 8What affectation does Gatsby add to the end of many of his sentences?1.Old chap2.Old dear3.Old man4.Old sport
  10. 10. Question 9What aspect of Gatsbys appearance makes the biggest impression on Nick?1.His haircut2.His tanned skin3.His smile4.His suit
  11. 11. Question 10What is Jordan Baker rotten at, according to Nick?1.Driving a car2.Playing golf3.Applying her make-up4.Telling lies
  12. 12. Scenes and places - Gatsbysmansionp. 41-42
  13. 13. Scenes and places - GatsbysmansionAt the beginning of this chapter, Gatsby’s party brings 1920swealth and glamour into full focus, showing the upper class at itsmost lavishly opulent. The rich, both socialites from East Eggand their coarser counterparts from West Egg, cavort withoutrestraint. As his depiction of the differences between East Eggand West Egg evidences, Fitzgerald is fascinated with the socialhierarchy and mood of America in the 1920s, when a large groupof industrialists, speculators, and businessmen with brand-newfortunes joined the old, aristocratic families at the top of theeconomic ladder. The “new rich” lack the refinement, manners,and taste of the “old rich” but long to break into the polite societyof the East Eggers. In this scenario, Gatsby is again an enigma—though he lives in a garishly ostentatious West Egg mansion,East Eggers freely attend his parties.
  14. 14. Characterisation - Jay Gatsbyp. 45-47
  15. 15. Symbolism - Owl Eyes
  16. 16. Characterisation - Gatsbyp.48-51
  17. 17. Characterisation - Gatsby• Fitzgerald has delayed the introduction of the novel’s most important figure —Gatsby himself—until the beginning of Chapter 3. The reader has seen Gatsby from a distance, heard other characters talk about him, and listened to Nick’s thoughts about him, but has not actually met him (nor has Nick). Chapter 3 is devoted to the introduction of Gatsby and the lavish, showy world he inhabits. Fitzgerald gives Gatsby a suitably grand entrance as the aloof host of a spectacularly decadent party. Despite this introduction, this chapter continues to heighten the sense of mystery and enigma that surrounds Gatsby, as the low profile he maintains seems curiously out of place with his lavish expenditures. Just as he stood alone on his lawn in Chapter 1, he now stands outside the throng of pleasure-seekers.• In his first direct contact with Gatsby, Nick notices his extraordinary smile —“one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it.” Nick’s impression of Gatsby emphasizes his optimism and vitality—something about him seems remarkably hopeful, and this belief in the brilliance of the future impresses Nick, even before he knows what future Gatsby envisions.
  18. 18. Characterisation - Gatsby• Many aspects of Gatsby’s world are intriguing because they are slightly amiss—for instance, he seems to throw parties at which he knows none of his guests. His accent seems affected, and his habit of calling people “old sport” is hard to place. One of his guests, Owl Eyes, is surprised to find that his books are real and not just empty covers designed to create the appearance of a great library. The tone of Nick’s narration suggests that many of the inhabitants of East Egg and West Egg use an outward show of opulence to cover up their inner corruption and moral decay, but Gatsby seems to use his opulence to mask something entirely different and perhaps more profound. From this chapter forward, the mystery of Jay Gatsby becomes the motivating question of the book, and the unraveling of Gatsby’s character becomes one of its central mechanisms. One early clue to Gatsby’s character in this chapter is his mysterious conversation with Jordan Baker. Though Nick does not know what Gatsby says to her, the fact that Jordan now knows something “remarkable” about Gatsby means that a part of the solution to the enigma of Gatsby is now loose among Nick’s circle of acquaintances.
  19. 19. Voice and point of view – NickCarraway• P.56 - end

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