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What happens in chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby?

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The Great Gatsby: Chapter 3 Summary. Nick describes watching endless parties going on in Gatsby's house every weekend. Guests party day and night and then on Mondays servants clean up the mess. The first night Nick goes to Gatsby's for a party, he's one of a very few actually invited guests.

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Similarly, it is asked, what do people say about Gatsby in Chapter 3?

Gatsby. People say he was a German spy in World War I. Some say, however, that he couldn't have been in the German army because he was in the American army. Others speculate that he killed a man.

Likewise, how does Nick describe Gatsby's party at the beginning of Chapter 3? He describes the atmosphere of Gatsby's parties as elegant, extravagant, wild in a way, and opulent. He tells us that the people act crazy as at an amusement park and later in the chapter, when Nick is recalling his experience, he tells us that most of the guests don't even know Gatsby!

Also asked, what is the theme in chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby?

Chapter 3 reiterates Gatsby's mysterious nature, the question of his wealth and where he gets his money.

How does the party end in Chapter 3?

In Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, Nick (the narrator) attends his first party given by his neighbor, Jay Gastby. The incident of carelessness that occurs at the end of the evening involves drunken driving as the guests are leaving the party.

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Why does Gatsby not drink Chapter 3?

Nick also hears that Gatsby is a graduate of Oxford and that he once killed a man in cold blood. He notices that Gatsby does not drink and that he keeps himself separate from the party, standing alone on the marble steps, watching his guests in silence.

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What do we learn about Jordan in Chapter 3?

In chapter three of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Nick discovers that Jordan Baker is "incurably dishonest." This is his conclusion based on evidence from her past as well as his own observations, but he is not remarkably concerned about it. He enjoys her company, and thinks at times he may love her.

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How did Nick Meet Gatsby?

Nick gets an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties and attends in hopes of meeting his neighbor. Nick does meet Gatsby, and they become friends even though Gatsby has ulterior motives when he enlists Nick to help him become reintroduced to Daisy Buchanan.

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In what ways is Chapter 2 like Chapter 3?

In what ways is Chapter II like Chapter III? People are coming to a party. Chapter 2 introduces the reader to Tom Buchanan's crowd, and Chapter 3 introduces the reader to Jay Gatsby's crowd. In both cases, the group ends up drunk and unhappy.

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How does Gatsby smile at Nick Why is this important chapter 3?

Nick's description of Gatsby's smile and his reaction to it conveys much about Gatsby's character and personality: It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It . . . concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor.

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Who is Nick Carraway?

Nick Carraway - The novel's narrator, Nick is a young man from Minnesota who, after being educated at Yale and fighting in World War I, goes to New York City to learn the bond business. The Great Gatsby is told entirely through Nick's eyes; his thoughts and perceptions shape and color the story.

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What does Tom accuse Gatsby of doing?

Tom initiates his planned confrontation with Gatsby by mocking his habit of calling people “old sport.” He accuses Gatsby of lying about having attended Oxford. Tom claims that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could not possibly understand. He then accuses Gatsby of running a bootlegging operation.

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How did Gatsby die?

In the end of the book, Gatsby did die. He was shot by George Wilson because of a misunderstanding -- George believed that he was the one involved in an affair with his wife Myrtle and killed her in a car accident. Gatsby does die in the end of the novel. Daisy actually killed Myrtle by accident but in Gatsby's car.

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What does Gatsby call Nick?

Gatsby calls Nick an “old sport,” which implies that he wishes to follow a lifestyle of “old money,” and attain characteristics of a rich man. The repeated use of “old sport” throughout the story also describes Gatsby's myopic and self-centered demeanor.

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How does Tom feel about Jordan Baker?

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Jordan Baker despises Tom Buchanan and works relentlessly to get Daisy away from him, at least temporarily, by encouraging Daisy's affair with Gatsby. Tom, although unaware that Jordan is working against him behind his back, does not like Jordan but thinks he can use her.

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Does Nick actually like Gatsby?

The friendship between Nick and Gatsby is rather an intriguing one. Gatsby appears to be one of a kind for Nick in the genuine sense of warmth that he projects. Nick is certainly struck by Gatsby, and likes him, while never relinquishing his role throughout the novel as his most critical observer.

Anje Havenith

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What are the rumors about Gatsby in Chapter 4?

List all of the rumors told about Gatsby. The rumors were that he was a German spy and he killed someone. bootlegger, second cousin to the devil went to oxford.

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What is Nick's first impression of Gatsby?

Nick's impression of his host is a mixed one. Gatsby appears to be friendly and exceptionally understanding. He has an unusually warm smile.

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What makes Gatsby stand out from his guests?

First, Gatsby is first very different from his guests because he is never seen as his parties. Everyone else who attended, or who "went there" according to Nick, went there specifically TO be seen. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

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How does Jordan know Gatsby?

Nick tells us a lot about Jordan's appearance, in fact more than he does about Daisy's—with Daisy he often focuses on immaterial qualities like her voice. But we clearly see Jordan's gray eyes, her wan, charming face, the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair, her small breasts, the slender muscles in her arms.

Koji Kuznitsky

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How does Nick describe himself at the end of Chapter 3?

At the end of chapter 3, Nick concludes in his narration, "I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." This conclusion comes after his admonishment to Jordan about her terrible driving. She responds that she hates careless people and that's why she likes him, implying that he isn't careless.

Marita Iziar

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What do Tom and Myrtle argue?

She had hopes of marrying someone with social position and money, What are Tom and Myrtle arguing about? Tom tells her that she has no right to say Daisy's name; she continues taunting him, and he responds by breaking Myrtle's nose. Tom has a temper and is not above physical violence.

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What is the significance of the car accident in Chapter 3?

A car accident disturbs the end of the party, when a drunken man crashes his car into a ditch. Nick admonishes Jordan for being an unspeakably awful driver, and her near-accident serves as a metaphor for the behavior of her contemporaries.

Aleix Comallonga

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How does Gatsby treat his guests?

In this chapter, Gatsby acts in a generous way towards his guests. Nick describes, for example, how people do not wait for an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties. They just turn up and Gatsby is very accepting of this behavior. He does, however, formally invite Nick and sends a chauffeur to pick him up.