Significance of Parties as portrayed in Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby published in 1925 is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that tells us the story of the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his pursuit of love for the beautiful Daisy Fay Buchanan. The story is set at Long Island, New York in the summer of 1922. It is said that Fitzgerald was inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island’s north shore and began planning the novel. The Great Gatsby creates a portrait of America in the 1920s which is also termed as the Jazz Age by Fitzgerald himself. And that era is known for unprecedented economic prosperity, the evolution of jazz music, flapper culture, bootlegging and other criminal activities. The novel is a highly symbolic meditation on 1920s America as a whole, in particular the disintegration of the American dream in an era of unprecedented prosperity and material excess. The story is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who after the war, came to New York to try his luck at bonds following the economic boom of the 1920s. He lives next door to Jay Gatsby at West Egg, and is witness to the wild and glamorous parties at Gatsby’s mansion every Saturday night which goes on till the dawn. Gatsby was famous for throwing excessively extravagant parties as can be seen by the number of guests, the lights, the food, and always the singing and dancing. At first, Nick was only an onlooker, and those parties seemed extravagant and incomprehensible to him. Gatsby appears to him to be a mysterious wealthy person, well-liked by everyone and a social legend. It presents a totally different world to him and attracts him and makes him curious.