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In the end, does Gatsby die?

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laura-will | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 27, 2008 at 9:28 PM via web

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In the end, does Gatsby die?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 27, 2008 at 9:53 PM (Answer #1)

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He does. Gatsby is murdered by George Wilson, Myrtle Wilson's husband. Gatsby's car hits Myrtle as it travels through the "valley of ashes," but it is Daisy, not Gatsby, who is driving it.

George Wilson, in his grief over his wife, believes that Myrtle was running out of the garage to talk to Gatsby. After he finds an expensive dog leash among her belongings, he also believes that Myrtle and Gatsby were having an affair.

George travels to West Egg and shoots Gatsby as he floats on a raft in his swimming pool. He then shoots himself.

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abeautifulfool | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:21 AM (Answer #3)

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Yes. Have you not read the book? Daisy shot Gatsby because he was having an affair with Tom and a llama was watching the entire time.

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Wiggin42 | Student , Grade 12 | eNoter

Posted March 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM (Answer #4)

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The narrative then takes us back to the Valley of Ashes where, the night before, Michaelis continued to befriend George. He asks if he and Myrtle had ever had children. George explains he has found a dog leash wrapped in tissue paper on her bureau: they have no dog. As he grieves, he looks out the window at the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg. He remembers telling Myrtle, “God knows what you’ve been doing.” Still looking at the billboard, he also recalls warning, “God sees everything.” Seeing George’s eyes fixed on the billboard, Michaelis simplistically reminds him, “That’s an advertisement.” Michaelis leaves at 6:00, relieved by another watcher, but then George leaves, stops for a sandwich, which he does not eat, and a cup of coffee; and for three hours disappears from view. By 2:30 he has found out what he needed to know about the owner of the death car and is asking someone the way to Gatsby’s house. By now, he knows Gatsby’s identity. Thirty minutes before, Gatsby had entered the pool; no telephone message arrived. Surreptitiously, George glides toward Gatsby, fires a gun killing him, and then turns the gun on himself. “And the holocaust was complete.”

Yes, yes he does. George Wilson incorrectly convinces himself that his wife (Myrtle) was having an affair with Gatsby and so kills him. 

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