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What is the turning point in "The Great Gatsby"?

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Posted May 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM via web

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What is the turning point in "The Great Gatsby"?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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The turning point in “The Great Gatsby” occurs in chapter seven when Nick, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and Gatsby decide to go to the Biltmore (a hotel in New York City) to have drinks on a very hot summer afternoon.  A turning point marks a change in the storyline and that is what happens at this point in the novel.  At this get-together, Tom decides that he is going to “call out” Gatsby about his past and reveal everything that he can to Daisy.  This turns into a huge blow-up between Tom and Gatsby; Daisy then leaves with Gatsby.  On the return home, Daisy ends up killing Myrtle and then gets back together with her husband later that night, forgetting all about her “love” for Gatsby.  This is the turning point in the novel because everything that was built-up to this point in the novel takes a severe turn and does not go as planned.

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