Comparing Parties in the Great Gatsby

Compare and contrast the party hosted by Myrtle Wilson in Tom Buchannan’s Manhattan apartment (Chapter 2) with the dinner party attended by Nick at the Buchannan’s East Egg residence (Chapter 1).

Nick Caraway reveals to us in chapter 1, that Daisy Buchannan is his second cousin once removed and that he’d known Tom Buchannan, her husband, in college. Nick is invited to dine with the Buchannan’s at their East Egg residence and he accepts this invitation- “And so it happens that on a warm windy evening, I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all.” Nick’s account of this depicts a warm and friendly atmosphere of visiting ‘old friends’, but also conveys a mysterious side, as we do not know much about them, but the reader can’t help but feel that this will change.
  The reader can see a remarkable difference between the invitation to the dinner party attended by Nick at the Buchannan’s East Egg residence and the party hosted by Myrtle Wilson. After having met Tom’s mistress ‘Myrtle Wilson’, on the journey home, Nick reveals he has to leave, keen to get away, but he is powerless before Tom’s blunt “No you don’t.” “Myrtle’ll be hurt if you don’t come up to the apartment.” Tom’s use of emotional blackmail here is used to persuade Nick to join them and when Myrtle urges “come on”, Nick has no option but to do as they say. Nick’s lack of enthusiasm here and reluctance, being forced to go to this party is contrasted with his almost enthusiastic accepted invitation to the Buchannan’s to be reunited with them. Therefore from the beginning of his invitation to Myrtle’s party, we can easily feel the negative atmosphere which is not present at his invitation to the Buchannan’s East Egg residence.
  There is a huge contrast between the Buchannan’s East Egg residence and Tom Buchannan’s Manhattan apartment bought for Myrtle. The Buchanan’s residence is described by Nick as “A cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion, over-looking the...