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The Jazz Age as appropriately named by Fitzgerald himself consists of economic material and moral confusion Standards were what would be seen as immoral by the majority of contemporary reflection yet the twenties provided a majestically poetic shrouding over the conduct of the men and girls Within chapter three Fitzgerald progresses through five stages of this age in the form of social interactions and imagery amalgamated through a party hosted by Gatsby The initial feeling provided is a calm after the storm effect portrayed by soothing colours and music In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars However the blue gardens are only illuminated by unnatural light provided by Gatsby thus attracting the moths The confusion of people resembles that of a moths searching for a solution by heading towards the wonder and mystique that lights can provide As everything is set in the present tense there is an implication of permanence with no change in sight for these lost souls Numbness follows relief a sense of deprivation of youth due to the time that war snatched away from the people Expressing oneself has become more of an obligation than a liberty The orchestra sets the tone of the evening leaving a want for spontaneity and distinctive feeling Strangers engage in light hearted conversation desperate for some kind of sentiment You dont know who we are said one of the girls in yellow but we met you here about a month ago This expresses insincerity of social interactions This is followed by the hysteria the partying and the confusion Again colour is mentioned in the form of a gas blue dress with blue possibly signifying the girls naivety Many people are at a loss when it comes to how to behave and converse Suddenly one of these gypsies in trembling opal seizes a cocktail out of the air dumps it down for
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