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They werent happy and neither of them had touched the

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“They weren’t happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or the ale- and yet they weren’t unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together.” .p. 145 This passage proves that Tom and Daisy belong with each other. Neither of them are very good at expressing their emotions properly, but because of that they understand each other. They both know that they have done wrong, but they also know that they can move past this and heal. Chapter Eight: “He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free.” p. 148 At this point Gatsby is grieving at the thought of losing Daisy again. Nick knows that Gatsby is heartbroken, but he also knows that there’s nothing he can do about it so he decides that it is best just to leave it alone. “Until long after midnight a changing crowd lapped up against the front of the garage, while George Wilson rocked himself back and forth on the couch inside.” p. 156 This is the point where you can tell George has lot it and is thinking about doing something terrible. The death of his wife ruined him, and because he was ruined he was willing
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to do anything without a second thought. Angry and grieving, this is where George decides to exact revenge on who he believed ran his wife over- the man she was having an affair with. “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.” p. 162 Because George was torn apart over his wife’s death, he went out and killed Gatsby. Realizing that killing Gatsby did not do anything for him, he turned the gun on himself. This is the where the story starts to end; with Gatsby killed in cold blood and with both affairs ended, permanently. Chapter Nine: “After a while Mr. Gatz opened the door and came out, his mouth ajar, his face flushed slightly, his eyes leaking isolated and unpunctual tears. He had reached an age where death no longer has the quality of ghastly surprise, and when he looked around him now for the first time and saw the height and splendor of the hall and the great rooms opening out from it into other rooms, his grief began to be mixed with an awed pride.” p. 168 Only after his son has died does he see what he spent his life working for. Mr. Gatz now actually sees the grandeur of his son’s life and what kind of a name he made for himself. Even though Gatsby is dead, his father is immensely proud of who his son once and where he had come from. “ ‘He knew he had a big future in front of him. And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me.’ “ p. 172
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The fact that Gatsby shared the money he made with his father shows how caring a man he really was. Gatsby did not have to share his hard-earned money with his father, but he chose to do it because he cared. Although Gatsby left his father, he still loved him and wanted to be sure that he was okay. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” p. 180 This is a message from the Nick who is telling the story in the future. Wisely he says that we choose to move into the past, against all else. An easier way to live would be to let life carry you toward the future, but most people try to cling to the past.
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