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What part had Tom played in Gatsby's death?

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ebanezer | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:23 AM via web

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What part had Tom played in Gatsby's death?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The role that Tom played in Gatsby's death was that he was pretty much the instigator.  Of course, it was not Tom who actually killed Gatsby.  Instead, it was George Wilson who actually pulled the trigger.

Tom was involved, however, because it was he who led Wilson to Gatsby.  He led Wilson to kill Gatsby by letting him think that it was Gatsby, and not Daisy, who ran Myrtle over with the car.  He told Wilson this when Wilson showed up at Tom's house with a gun (he says to Nick in Ch. 9).

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