Jay Gatsby’s guests at his party were symbolic in the novel by representing the entire “new money” social class. The guest’s big and sophisticated names were representative of their high social ranking, yet they also acted as shields to hide their insensitivity and shallowness. They managed to show up at every one of Gatsby’s lavish parties and take full advantage of everything he had to offer them. Their disrespectful and drunken behavior often led to the damaging of property, for which they cared nothing about. Their presence was for their own benefit to a high class, but it was of little importance to Gatsby at the time. When, however, Gatsby was truly in need of their company (while he was on his death bed), they could not seem to find his house.
Gatsby was so obsessed in his attempts to win the respect of others that he furnished an elaborate library. It was common for people in the 1920’s... [continues]
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