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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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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted May 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM (Answer #6)

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Yes he does. In a long list of relating events Gatsby dies in the end where he was murdered because someone thought he had he killed someone and in the end no one comes to his funeral

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melissa1106 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM (Answer #7)

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Gatsby does die in the end of the novel. He is murdered by George Wilson because he believes that Gatsby was the man that was having an affair with his wife Myrtle and that he was the one who killed her. Daisy actually killed Myrtle by accident but in Gatsby's car. Tom Buchanan tells George it was Gatsby's car and that he was probably the secret lover of Myrtle to cover up the fact that he himself and Myrtle's lover.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM (Answer #8)

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In the end of the book, Gatsby did die. He was shot by George Wilson because of a misunderstanding -- George believed that he was the one involved in an affair with his wife Myrtle and killed her in a car accident. 

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mellowmrsm | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 30, 2014 at 2:20 AM (Answer #9)

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Yes, George Wilson shoots him since he believes that Gatsby has had an affair with Myrtle and killed her, however neither is true. This is an example of irony in the novel.

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 9:08 PM (Answer #10)

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Yes, Gatsby dies while he was in the pool. Myrtles husband, the husband of the women that was sleeping with Daisy's husband, ends up killing him because he thought he was responsible for the death of his wife. However it was actually Daisy who killed his wife, practically ran her over.

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abeautifulfool | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) 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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