Does anyone have quotes from chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby," specifically the scene where Gatsby takes the blame for Myrtle's death? I'm trying to show how this can both make him a good...
Does anyone have quotes from chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby," specifically the scene where Gatsby takes the blame for Myrtle's death?
I'm trying to show how this can both make him a good and bad person, but I desperately need a quote.
Do you not have a copy of the book to work from? If you do, then read over chapter 7 a couple of times to find just the right text for what you want to express.
In case you don't have the book, here's an excerpt from chapter 7:
I hadn’t gone twenty yards when I heard my name and Gatsby stepped from between two bushes into the path....
“What are you doing?” I inquired.
“Just standing here, old sport.”...
“Did you see any trouble on the road?” he asked after a minute.
“Was she killed?”
“I thought so; I told Daisy I thought so. It’s better that the shock should all come at once. She stood it pretty well.”
As Nick says, "He spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered." Gatsby is more concerned about Daisy's feelings than the fact that a woman has just been killed. Gatsby tells Nick that he is going to watch the house until he is sure Daisy has gone to bed, perhaps a way to assure himself that she is all right. In that sense, you could point out his goodness in that he does care for her well-being. However, that cannot excuse his callousness over Myrtle's death.
As Nick is leaving Daisy's home, Gatsby is hiding in a nearby bush and calls his name. When Nick walks over to Gatsby, Gatsby asks several questions concerning the woman who was hit by the car. Gatsby also mentions that he ended up parking the car in his garage when they arrived home. When Nick asks if Daisy was driving, Gatsby responds by saying, "Yes...but of course I’ll say I was" (Fitzgerald, 163). Gatsby continues to explain why he is waiting outside of her home and tells Nick,
"I’m just going to wait here and see if he tries to bother her about that unpleasantness this afternoon. She’s locked herself into her room, and if he tries any brutality she’s going to turn the light out and on again" (Fitzgerald, 164).
Gatsby's decision to take the blame for Myrtle Wilson's death demonstrates his genuine love and concern for Daisy. His affection and unselfish behavior reveal his good nature. However, Gatsby's willingness to lie and hide Daisy's involvement in Myrtle's death reveals his immoral disposition. Gatsby is an inherently good person, who has let material wealth and social status corrupt him.