In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, how are the circumstances and setting of Gatsby's death consistent with his life and personality?Chapter 8

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As the novel moves closer to a conclusion, it seems appropriate and indeed unavoidable that Gatsby is going to come to an unhappy ending.  The day before Nick finds Gatsby murdered in his swimming pool, Gatsby had disclosed to Nick the entire story of his history with Daisy, even as it was becoming apparent that Daisy would never leave her husband for Gatsby and that the dream Gatsby had carried so long was hastening toward an inauspicious death.  To look at Gatsby's life, based as it was on lies, misrepresentations and probably broken laws, it might be easy to immediately demonize the man as being nothing but a thug and a crook; but his less than stellar life history becomes a little more palatable when viewed in light of his years-long love for a woman and his hopes and dreams for both of them that had been informing his every decision for a very long time. And thus it becomes apparent, perhaps, that Gatsby's life ended the only way it seemed possible:  murdered, alone, in the middle of his pool, on the sprawling estate purchased for the sole purpose of attracting, once and for all, the attention and love of Daisy, while across the bay, Daisy had returned to her husband and business as usual, with no knowledge or interest in what was happening at the home of Jay Gatsby.