Chapter one, is when we are first introduced to Gatsby, as Nick arrives at his house after visiting Daisy. While sitting outside, he sees Gatsby proceed to the water and stretches out his arms towards “a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end to a dock. ” The light marks Daisy’s house ? and as Nick will later discover Gatsby gesture is one of love, Nick’s attentions turn again to Gatsby in Chapter three. Nick tells us about Gatsby parties, which are elaborate and grand affairs, where “men and girls came and went like tots”.
We learn early on that Gatsby is a perfect host; however we also learn he rarely goes to his own parties. Nick also learns that he is extremely generous as “He doesn’t want any trouble with anybody. ” Before now, Nick has only been observed the parties from a distance, as an observer, but in Chapter three he is officially invited to attend one. As he moves from being a spectator to being a participant, Nick is able to provide an informed view Of not only What goes on at Gatsby parties, but also what the parameters are like too.
While Nick and Jordan ingle at Gatsby party, they learn many contradicting things about their host. As mentioned above one of the first things they find out is that when one women tore a dress at a party, Gatsby sent her a new evening gown. Nick and Jordan also discover that part of the mystery of Gatsby is that “he killed a man once. ” However another says he was “a German spy during the war. ” When brought to Gatsby, Nick remarks that Gatsby possesses “a quality of eternal reassurance . That you may come across four or five times in life. His smile, “believed in you s you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. ” In Chapter four, we see Gatsby and Nick go out for lunch. However, the real reason for this outing is tort Gatsby to talk to Nick alone. When the two men leave tort town Nick, has little real knowledge of Gatsby, having “talked with him perhaps half a dozen times in the past month. ” The discussion between the two men is particularly important because it gives the first strong indication that Gatsby isn’t quite what e presents himself to be. P until now, there has been a mystery about Gatsby. Gatsby tells Nick, “God’s truth,” that he comes from wealthy people in the Middle West and was “educated at Oxford. ” However Gatsby is unable to say that phrase without difficulty. When Nick questions him as to where in the Middle West he hails from, both Nick and the reader gets a clear indication that Gatsby is telling an elaborate lie? San Francisco” isn’t in the Middle West. Gatsby continues to tell his story, as if telling it will make it so.
Fitzgerald later reveals that nearly everything he tells Nick during this ride is lies created he has created as part Of his plan to “reinvent” himself. In fact, Gatsby describes an adventure tale as he “lived like a young rajah,” looking for treasures, participating in everything from the fine arts to big game hunting. Gatsby past is highly unbelievable; however parts of this elaborate set of lies rings true. Nick already knows Gatsby was in the war; however he cannot be sure Gatsby is telling the truth about his medal, He is left in a similar situation with the photograph from Oxford.