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The final scene in American Pastoral and the first party scene at the Gatsby estate in Great Gatsby serve important functions in explaining common characteristics of Swede and Gatsby The scenes convey that both protagonists share a common trait of not being true to themselves In these scenes both characters betray themselves so that they can attempt to live their version of the American Dream In Great Gatsby Gatsby envisions his American Dream as marrying Daisy In order to accomplish this Gatsby creates an entirely artificial personality and lifestyle that betrays his true identity Gatsby becomes a self-made man after rejecting his parents poverty and name Gatsbys created persona is symbolized at his party by his possessions guests physical appearance manner of speech and intellect At the party scene Gatsby presents this false appearance through his possessions Gatsbys mansion equipped with a Rolls-Royce in the drive and motor boats on the water suggests that Gatsby is enormously wealthy At the party the guests are blitzed with the fine food the gin and liquors and the real brass rail p 44 Gatsby entertains his guests with these luxuries to create an impression of wealth and stability two qualities that Daisy needs in a husband Later in the evening at the request of Gatsby the orchestra plays Tostoffs Jazz History of the World an avant-garde selection just recently premiered at Carnegie Hall The selection promotes Gatsbys style and taste for music and suggests his connection to the movers and shakers in the art world Gatsbys guests at the party also suggest his self-betrayal The crowd at the party are for all intents and purposes an anonymous audience that Gatsby flaunts his fabricated lifestyle for in the hope that Daisy will be present Most of Gatsbys guests are not even invited but to Gatsby it makes no difference This indicates that Gatsby throws parties solely for notoriety and to impress Daisy As Nick describes the
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