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In The Great Gatsby, why does Nick take care of Gatsby's funeral in Chapter 9?

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southernbelle17 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2010 at 5:00 AM via web

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In The Great Gatsby, why does Nick take care of Gatsby's funeral in Chapter 9?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 17, 2010 at 5:08 AM (Answer #1)

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To me, there are at least two reasons why Nick would take care of Gatsby's funeral.

The first is because Nick is fundamentally a very decent man.  He may be the only decent person in the book.  He feels that Gatsby should have a funeral and there is no one else to take care of it.

Second, I think that Nick actually liked and respected Gatsby.  I think he felt that Gatsby was an honest person as well.  He felt that Gatsby had really tried his best to be a good person.

All in all, he wanted to take care of the funeral because that is what a decent person would do for someone they respect.

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