Compare And Contrast Gatsby And Myrtle's Parties

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that tells the story of love affairs, the american dream, and the battle between old money versus new money. The main problem of the novel is the fight for Daisy’s heart. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, and their love is fading away. Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, while later on Daisy is having an affair also with Jay Gatsby. The Buchanans come from old money, while Gatsby comes from new money. Old money is inherited wealth that has been passed down by numerous generations, and those with old money have more subtle morals and ideals. New money is money made by one’s self and is more extravagant. Tom and Myrtle’s dinner party versus Gatsby’s party is a significant comparison throughout the story in that they are foils to each other, give a deeper understanding of Tom’s and Gatsby’s character, and the ideal of intimacy in parties.
Tom and Myrtle’s dinner party, in chapter 2, and Gatsby’s party, in chapter 3, share rarely any similarities. During the time of the novel alcohol was illegal due to Prohibition, but both parties supplied more than enough
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Tom’s and Gatsby’s party differed in almost every aspect possible. While Tom’s party was a small party to assert his dominance to his mistress and friends, Gatsby’s party was to lure and impress the love of his life. Tom’s party displayed his snobby old money ideals by not spending much money and effort, while Gatsby’s party symbolized new money with its excessive and flaunting spending and grandiose show. The level of intimacy at both parties differed significantly. Despite Tom’s party being small, it was far from intimate with all the guests budging into all conversations, Nick couldn’t even have a talk with Catherine long enough without Ms. Mckee budging in. Gatsby’s party was intimate and private conversations flowed throughout the
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