Sunday, May 8, 2016

Gatsby's Death/The End

Many surprises appeared in last week's reading. Today, I'd like to explore Gatsby's relationship with those around him and Tom's relationship with Daisy through events related to Gatsby's death.

I found Gatsby's death quite surprising, but even more tragic. Fitzgerald really hit me when he wrote "Nobody came." (Fitzgerald 174) at the scene of Gatsby's funeral. These two short words exemplify Gatsby's role in the lives of those around him. To the party goers, Gatsby's house is just another place. His presence at those parties is also nonexistent as mentioned near the beginning of the novel, "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 41), which explains why no party goers attended his funeral. I was extremely saddened when Klipspringer called only in attempt to retrieve his shoes. From my perception, Klipspringer seems to have spent DAYS or even longer at Gatsby's house; yet, he wouldn't even attend the funeral. People just came to and left Gatsby's house completely regardless of Gatsby. Hence, if we believe that Gatsby worked hard for his house for Daisy, people's disregard of Gatsby's house shows the lack of worth of the house in Daisy's eyes. Daisy's devaluation of Gatsby's house bring me to my next point that Gatsby worths nothing to Daisy. I can't believe she didn't even attend his funeral. Daisy's absence at Gatsby's funeral leads me to believe that she never loved him in the first place.

Tom and Nick's encounter on fifth avenue also struck me; Tom seemed to be so clueless about what actually happened that day. Tom also tells Nick that Gatsby "ran over Myrtle like you'd run over a dog and never even stopped his car" (Fitzgerald 178). Given what we know, this event further reinforces that Tom and Daisy do not adequately communicate or at least speak the truth with each other. To me, Daisy's irresponsibility represents her "bubbly" and "deceiving" personality. She thinks that she can get away with anything she does by manipulating others into obeying her orders. Perhaps Daisy convinced Tom to get away to flee from the crime scene and punishment. Her gift of deception not only embodies her arguable intelligence but also strengthen societal values of materialism at the time. At the end of the day, I think that Daisy manipulates others to keep her high status and to remain pampered.

Some afterthoughts:
I loved the novel and all the messages Fitzgerald tried to convey through it. The unexpected plot developments really kept the book interesting to me. I can't wait to delve further into the novel in class to learn even more.
This picture is interesting because I never thought of Gatsby's pool to look like that. The pool seems simpler than what I had envisioned.

1 comment:

  1. Great post Elaine! I too found Gatsby's death rather tragic and I totally agree that Daisy is a self-centered character and that she only does things for her own benefit. Speaking of Tom and Nick's conversation, were you shocked to hear that Tom basically killed Gatsby. Although he may not have pulled the trigger he definitely fueled the fire within Wilson. Honestly Tom's role in the whole murder was shocking but kind of expected to me. As Nick said Daisy and Tom are careless people who ruin lives and walk away unscathed. Anyways, keep up the good work!