First Impressions of Jay Gatsby

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Upon reading the chapters 1 to 3, the first impressions I get of Jay Gatsby come form the feelings of Nick Carraway. The fist mention of his name and small description hold him very high in Nick Carraway's eyes.

"Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from [Nick's] reaction- Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn ¦ 

This quotation goes on to describe Gatsby as "gorgeous  and "related to intricate machines that register earthquakes. 

The next impression I get comes from the description of his mansion:

" ¦ a colossal affair by any standard- it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy ¦. 

One word describes this- wealthy. His extravagant mansion shows that he is trying to impress and show off with his possessions. Some time passes before we hear of Gatsby again (end of Chapter one).

The beginning of Chapter 3 describes the transformation of Gatsby's garden and house for parties, It also shows his wealth again, " two motor boats, Rolls-Royce and a station wagon. 

The next impression we get comes from the rumors around the party. These rumors confuse you about his past, as he is still mysterious to us, although these rumors are hard to believe. "Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.  and "It's more that he was a German spy during the war.  Thes rumors tell us that Gatsby is hidden to everyone, not just Nick.

At the first conversatio0n between Gatsby and Nick, we don't even know that it is Gatsby. He has a very polite personality and is very understanding, especially when nick didn't recognize him.

"It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it ¦  This was the smile he gave Nick when he didn't recognize him.... Continue Reading