The Great Gatsby

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THE GREAT GATSBY So far, I like Gatsby the best because I think he is a fun loving guy that also has some mystery to him. I think the author doesn't bring him out until the third chapter because he very different. He liked to throw big parties and have fun like that. I also believe that the other people in the book didn't know just exactly who he is. Like when Nick sat down at the table with him, he didn't know that was Gatsby. All he knew was that Gatsby sent his chauffeur to give him an invitation to his party. All Nick knew was that he lived by him and that he threw parties all of the time.

Gatsby had kind of a different personality. He was different towards people. He was rich, so he didn't care what people thought of him. He just wanted to have fun by inviting a bunch of people over and having a huge party, where everyone gets wasted.

I think he enjoyed seeing people having fun and wanted people to have even more fun. He is also very outgoing. He immediately met Nick and invited him to come up in his hydroplane. I think that is very outgoing when you don't even know the person.

The 1920's were a time of parties and having fun. Reading this book gives me a lot of impressions about the book. With the way the book describes it, it sounds like everyone back then was a bunch of raging alcoholics. That is all the book talks about. "I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library." (pg. 50) They are all getting drunk, accept for Gatsby. I think he was the only one in the book that they said was not drinking. He just sat there and talked. He is kind of a different host for parties. It is hard to understand that back in that time was prohibition. It was illegal to drink or even have alcohol. That just makes me wonder why they were able to have parties with alcohol. Lot's of alcohol to be exact. And the answer to that question is because they are all rich and are able to pay off the officials so they don't get caught. "A pair of stage "˜twins' who turned out to be the girls in yellow, did a baby act in costume and champagne was served in glasses bigger than finger bowls." (pg.51) That must be nice to be able to afford to pay someone off to get out of trouble.

My reaction to Gatsby's party guests is indifferent. I don't think they are there because they are his closest friends. I believe they were there just because he was rich and all the food and alcohol was free. They didn't care who he was. They were invited there to eat food and get drunk. But I don't think that Gatsby cared too much. He was just trying to make friends and show everyone that he was hella rich. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't care who all these people are, he just wants to show off his wealth.

So I think that the book is pretty good so far. I didn't think it was going to be, but now that I have actually read it, I think it is pretty good. I think that all of the rich people back then had huge bashes and got wasted, especially during prohibition. All the characters in the book are very interesting. They all have a different story to them that I think is going to be told in the following chapters. I think that the themes in the book are very obvious and the author brings them out well.