One theme in the book is how appearances are so important to society, it's shown in the novel whenever people wanted to go to Gastsby's parties and take advantage of the luxuries he had and make them theirs'.
Three quotes that reflects this statement are:
- "On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d'oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold." (Fitzgerald 42)
- "I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited." (Fitzgerald 43)
- "Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission." (Fitzgerald 44)