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In the book The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is a literary classic contrasting Western morals and Eastern corruption It follows the trail of a man Nick out of the West through the depraved and excessive society of the East during the Jazz age His thoughts and feelings are the basic moralities that are ignored by people bent upon their individual pursuits of self-satisfaction In the third chapter Nick goes to a party thrown by his ostentatious neighbor Gatsby and is presented with the realities of the corruption Fitzgerald portrays the glamour and allure as well as the decadent and destructive natures of the party and partygoers The party scene is the first thing described in this chapter and creates a lasting impression of glamour in decorations and food underscored by the destruction wrought by this occurrence The blue gardens and beach speak eloquently of the wealth of Gatsby 43 The maintenance costs of such splendor seem inconsequential in comparison to his actual wealth and hence only provide a backdrop for the party But it is nothing when compared to the several hundred feet of canvas required decorating or the colored lights that are enough to make a Christmas tree of the garden 44 It is all quite glamorous since the cost does not seem to be a factor in these parties The colors of the party scene also attract the readers eye there are multiple uses of the primary colors -yellow especially - that makes the whole scene light up The omnipresent yellow cocktail music along with the ever-changing light provides a dazzling setting for the guests further helped along by the copious amounts of food and drink 45 The buffet tables garnished with glistening hors doeuvres present an overwhelming amount of the available food 44 There are also turkeys bewitched to a dark gold suggesting something unnatural in the preparation that can not simply be described as roasted 44 The
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