Essay about The Great Gatsby

Essay about The Great Gatsby - Death Results from a Dream...

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Death Results from a Dream in “The Great Gatsby” Imagine being accused of murder and “paying a high price for living too long with a single dream” (Fitzgerald, 161). A dream that may seem possible at first, but in the end it's unattainable and can lead to death. “Death is the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism; the end of life” ( www.dictionary.com ). In F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby ,” three characters that are responsible for Gatsby's death are Tom Buchanan for telling George Wilson that Gatsby killed Myrtle Wilson, Daisy Buchanan for not confessing that she is the real murderer, and Jay Gatsby himself for taking the blame for his unattainable love Daisy. Tom Buchanan is responsible for Gatsby's death because his ego consumes him more than his conscience. Tom believes Gatsby “ran over Myrtle like you'd run over a dog and never even stopped his car” (Fitzgerald,178) although it was Daisy who ran over Myrtle. Tom tells George Wilson that Gatsby killed Myrtle because he abhors Gatsby for having an affair with Daisy Buchanan. “In doing this George went over to Gatsby and shot him and committed suicide. This exemplifies and demonstrates the uncaring, reckless, and immoral behavior of Tom” (bookstove.com). After finding out that Gatsby is having an affair with his wife, “Tom seizes upon Daisy's suggestion that they should all go to New York together so that he can have a confrontation with Gatsby” (www.sparknotes.com). “Tom’s climactic confrontation with Gatsby occurs on the hottest day of the summer, under the scorching sun” (www.sparknotes.com). This symbolizes Tom and Gatsby's anger toward each other. When George asked Tom about Myrtle Wilson's lover, he lied
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