The people who go to Gatsby's house on Saturday night only go to have a good time. The guests get drunk, get into fights, and act like complete idiots. This behaviour is apparent when Nick goes to one of Gatsby's parties for the first time. Nick says,
The large room was full of people. One of the girls in yellow was
playing the piano, and beside her stood a tall, red-haired young lady...
engaged in song. She had drunk a quantity of champagne...she was
not only singing she was weeping too...Most of the remaining
women were having fights with men said to be their husbands...
One of the men was talking with curious intensity to a young
actress, and his wife...resorted to flank attacks...(52)
The people at the party are so drunk that they are barely aware of what they are doing. As they become more drunk, they become more absurd. The woman singing a happy song bursts into tears for no reason. Men become more friendly to women other than their wives, and wives become more violent in dealing with the situations facing them. The people are also so intoxicated that they have almost no clue of what is going on around them. This excessiveness is shown when Nick leaves the party and observes a car accident in the front drive. Nick says,
Then, very gradually, part by part, a pale, dangling individual
stepped out of the wreck, pawing tentatively at the ground with
a large uncertain dancing shoe...
Wha's matter?' he inquired calmly. Did we run outa gas?'
Half a dozen fingers pointed at the amputated wheel - he
stared at it for a moment, and then looked upward as though
he suspected it had dropped from the sky...At least a dozen men,
some of them a little better off than he was, explained that wheel
and car were no longer joined by any physical bond. (55-56)
This man in the car is so drunk he does not even realize that the car has stopped moving; furthermore, he even fails to recognize that the wheel is no longer a part of the car. The people behave carelessly and rudely at Gatsby's parties. They only go to his house for a good time and to have plenty of drinks. Fitzgerald's criticism of American society in the 1920's is also shown in the corruption of the police.
The police in this era when people need extra discipline are corrupt. The police are easily paid off by money and allow people to go on with their crude behaviour. This corruption of the police, the force which protects men from itself, is shown when Nick is driving to town with Gatsby. Gatsby is explaining to Nick his history, and does not notice that he is speeding; they are stopped by the police, but nothing happens. Nick says,
...I heard the familiar jug-jug-spat!' of a motorcycle, and
a frantic policeman rode alongside.
All right, old sport,' called Gatsby. We slowed down. Taking
a white card from his wallet, he waved it before the man's eyes.
Right you are,' agreed the policeman, tipping his cap. Know