The Great Gatsby- Chapter 3

Aspects of Narrative in Chapter 3

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Into the summer- squashed a period of time- into nights- many references to time- once a fortnight, every Friday- insignificance- or in Nick's opinion

Focus in one event- the first party Nick goes to- allows him and Gatsby to join- also a significant moment for the reader

Switch to present tense- decision to record other things in his life- account is short- other things don't interest him as Gatsby does- goes back to description of new contacts- acquaintance with Jordan

Ends with very moral assumption of himself- similar to first chapter- as it to prove he hasn't changed- just because his status may have risen

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Point of View

Nick's continued point of view- recounts and memories of the summer

A lot of description- self references- desire to feel admired by reader- although his awe of Gatsby is clear- still conscious that this is his narrative- also wants admiration from Jordan

Conversations at the party interest Nick more than the event itself

Direct speech from many characters- Nick's further attempt to be objective- however, he is selective about what is included- would have been more occurrences and conversations than what he tells the reader

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Gatsby's mansion- Nick has little interest in the place itself- described it in first chapter- sees it everyday- obliterates his own house

Interest in misplacement if people- most are not invited- unexpected guests- Gatsby doesn't mind- reflects his attitude of what people think of him- Nick picks up on it- would bother him

Places in America referenced- New York, Yale Club- briefly mentioned- Nick prefers the mystery surrounding the place- a distinctive setting where people known and understand- take away ambiguity of Gatsby as a character

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The range of guests- Jordan's fame assists Nick in making new acquaintances

Mysteries surrounding Gatsby- the replacement for the torn dress, the rumour about the murder- society interested in circling rumours- as long as they are not involved- remains exciting without truth- same can be said for Nick

Owl-Eyes- drunken man- talking the truth in his state- or simply making up stories

Gatsby- Nick's reaction almost like remembering love at first sight- start of the obsession- great detail- perfect and faultless

Jordan- self centred- but not a stereotypical woman- has strength and independence- looks after Nick automatically- exception in society- hope for the American Dream- but gets little mention despite fling with Nick- insinuates failure of the dream

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Ignorance of high society people- money is everything- connections are important- real friendship and truth are unimportant

Foreshadowing twice of the final of car accident- the limousine and the car in the ditch

Link between Jordan and other guests at party- importance- ability to break rules- flit around society

Relationship between Nick and Gatsby- mystery surrounding Gatsby- will take over from Nick and Jordan's relationship

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