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In "The Great Gatsby", how is Gatsby's death explained by the press and local...

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In "The Great Gatsby", how is Gatsby's death explained by the press and local newspapers?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2008 at 10:00 AM (Answer #1)

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According to Nick, the reports given by the press were "a nightmare—grotesque, circumstantial, eager, and untrue."  Overall, the reports focused on Wilson being a "madman" who was "deranged by grief."  That was the extent.  There was no suggestion of the affair that had gone on between Tom and Myrtle, particularly because Catherine did not speak up about it.  Gatsby's death, much like his life, is quickly dismissed and forgotten.

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