.. placed them so that he would not have servants telling the entire town about his private affairs.
The next day Gatsby called Nick on the phone. At Daisys request, Nick was invited to her house for tea with Jordan and Gatsby the next day. That day was the hottest of the summer, and Gatsby and Nick waited before the butler led them into the salon where Jordan and Daisy reclined and Tom rushed in and out answering phone calls and getting drinks. After much tension, the group decided to go into New York. Daisy and Gatsby went in Toms car and Tom, Jordan, and Nick went in Gatsbys car.Tom had to stop for gas at Wilsons garage. Wilson informed Tom that he was taking his wife out west and that he had just recently figured out that his wife was cheating on him.
He currently had her locked up in her room and was going to force her to come with him before she could get away. Tom drove off and quickly caught up with Daisy and Gatsby. They pulled up to them and discussed what they were going to do, finally deciding on meeting at the Plaza Hotel.When they arrived there, the group determined to rent a room for an afternoon. The tension mounted and Tom began to ask Gatsby questions about his past that Tom had apparently researched into previously.
Tom revealed that Gatsby really was not an Oxford man as he had led people to believe. Tom continued to verbally assault Gatsby as Daisy tried to stop him. Finally, Gatsby burst out that Daisy never loved Tom and urged Daisy to say the same. Reluctantly, Daisy admitted that she never loved him, but then broke down and admitted that she had.Tom insisted that he would take better care of Daisy, but then Daisy replied that she was leaving him. Then Tom went on about how Gatsby was involved with Meyer Wolfshiem and the bootlegging business and other illegal moneymaking schemes. Daisy looked horrified and Gatsby quickly began to deny everything but Daisy just begged to go home.
So Gatsby and Daisy started home in Gatsbys car, and the other three of the group started towards home later. While this was going on, Wilson and his wife were arguing with each other.Myrtle saw the car she saw him in that afternoon and thinking that it was Tom driving the car, ran out in front of it in hopes that he would stop and take her away. But it was Daisy driving and because she was speeding excessively, she did not even see Myrtle until it was too late. Myrtle was instantly killed, but Daisy kept going before she past out and Gatsby was forced to take the wheel and drive home. He hid his car in his garage and he and Daisy took a taxi to her house. Tom, Jordan, and Nick came across the scene later on.
Out of curiosity, they stopped to see what had happen. Tom shouldered himself to the center of the mob that had surrounded Myrtle. Tom was shocked to see Myrtle and hastily found out what had happened. When he was told that it was a yellow car that did not even stop, he immediately blamed Gatsby. Tom went over to Wilson and told to pull himself together, for he was a wreck, but it was in vain. Tom then announced after instructing someone to stay with Wilson at all times that he was going to leave, and Jordan and Nick followed. The three of them arrived at the Buchanan residence and Tom went inside.
Jordan lingered and invited Nick in, but he said he would just order a taxi and go home.Jordan went inside and as Nick was walking down the driveway he saw Gatsby in the bushes. Gatsby explained to Nick what had happened and that he intended to take the blame for Daisy. He was waiting by her window because he promised her that he would. Daisy was to flash the lights on and off if she needed help. He planned to wait there all night if necessary, and that is where Nick left him. The next morning, Nick went over to Gatsbys house and they sat around together for a while, Gatsby half-waiting for Daisy to call. Gatsby explained to Nick how he had fallen in love with her.
After they had finished breakfast, Nick had to leave to catch his train for work. Gatsby decided to use the marble swimming pool that he had not used all summer long. He informed his butler to only to let the most important calls through, still hoping that Daisy would call.
Several men had watched George Wilson all night long. When the last lingering one had left to go next door to make a pot of coffee, Wilson left his garage with a gun. He walked all the way to West Egg, and came into the Buchanans house.He knew that Tom knew whose yellow car had hit his wife, and he demanded Tom to tell him at gunpoint. Tom did, and Wilson left for Gatsbys mansion.
While at work, Nick sensed that something was wrong, and came home on the train. He drove directly to Gatsbys house and asked where Gatsby was. Apparently the chauffeur had heard the shots, but thought nothing of them. The butler and Nick went to the pool in search of Gatsby, and found him dead in the pool.
On returning to the house to tell the police, they saw Wilson off in the woods, dead. In the next few days, there was nothing but photographers, reporters, and policemen. Nick called Daisy to tell her, but she and Tom had already left for a lengthy vacation in Europe. He also called Meyer Wolfshiem, but got no answer. He visited him in his office, but Wolfshiem said that he could not get involved with Gatsby right now. He also did not know of any of Gatsbys family, which Nick was trying in vain to reach.Three days after Gatsbys death, a telegram was sent from Henry Gatz in Minnesota, saying to postpone the funeral until after he arrived in New York. He was Gatsbys father and he reached East Egg a few days later.
Nick let him in and showed him the house. The man was greatly impressed with what he son had achieved in life, and cried for the loss of his son for most of the day. On the rainy day of Gatsbys funeral, Nick, Gatsbys father, and one other man who had frequented Gatsbys parties often that summer were the only ones there. After Gatsbys death, the East haunted Nick.That fall, he decided to go back home. All of the people he knew were gone in some way, except for Jordan. He went up to her one day and talked to her about what had happened to every one that summer, including themselves, and how everything seemed to have fallen apart. She agreed and then told Nick that she was engaged to another man.
Nick walked away and never saw her again.Later that fall, Nick ran into Tom, who explained what had happened to Daisy and himself. He said that he told Wilson about Gatsby, and he felt completely justified in his actions. On the last night before Nick went back home, he went over to Gatsbys house. It had gone into disrepair and the ghosts of the parties of the summer still lingered. Critical Analysis The Great Gatsby was a singular story that expressed the views, beliefs, and actions the socially elite of nineteen-twenties America.This specific story displayed a period of time. The author developed a theme of the carelessness of the rich, how the rich with “old money” treat the ones with “new money”, and how money and class separate people.
Showing characters of all of these types of people and showing how they behaved and how their life ultimately unfolded did this. Fitzgerald helped to set the time period by substituting real people as fictional characters in his books, such as Meyer Wolfshiem. He also used many real geographical locations, like the Plaza Hotel and New York City to place his fictional characters. This was so that it seemed that the characters in his book could have easily existed in the real 1922 as they did in their fictional 1922.F. Scott Fitzgerald was not biased for or against the rich in writing this book, he was simply trying to chronicle the lives and times of the early part of the 20s. His lack of a bias is what makes his book such an accurate description of the era that he wrote about.
This book should be considered “required reading” because it introduces the reader to what life was like for the rich at that time, as well as the general mood that pervaded the decade. It speaks of concepts such as bootlegging, gambling, and “new money”, ideas that previously were not commonly written of.F. Scott Fitzgerald can be considered an authority on the twenties because he lived in the twenties with the type of people that were described in his book. Theme In writing this book, commonly refered to as the “Great American Novel”, F. Scott Fitzgerald achieved in showing future generations what the early twenties were like, and the kinds of people that lived then.
He did this in a beautifully written novel with in-depth characters, a captivating plot, and a wonderful sense of the time period. Bibliographical Data F.Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby; Simon and Schuster Publishing; © 1925; 189 pages.