In chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby, who are the 3 people that go to Gatsby's funeral?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Only three people attend Gatsby's funeral: his father, Mr. Gatz, Owl Eyes, and Nick, the narrator. As the previous educator has mentioned, four or five of Gatsby's staff are also in attendance.

There is a real sense of tragedy surrounding his funeral because Gatsby was killed unexpectedly...

See
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Only three people attend Gatsby's funeral: his father, Mr. Gatz, Owl Eyes, and Nick, the narrator. As the previous educator has mentioned, four or five of Gatsby's staff are also in attendance.

There is a real sense of tragedy surrounding his funeral because Gatsby was killed unexpectedly and because of the people who do not attend. Given the number of lavish parties he threw and the connections he had, we would expect that Gatsby's funeral would be attended by many. Certainly, Nick expects that the funeral will be attended by many, and he tries to encourage as many people as possible.

However, despite Gatsby's popularity, his funeral shows us that very few people actually cared about him. They enjoyed attending his parties and talking about his mysterious origins, but in terms of genuine affection, it seems that only a handful of men really cared about Gatsby.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Nick Carraway, Gatsby's neighbor and the narrator of the story, attended the funeral after assuming the responsibility for making the arrangements and notifying, or attempting to notify, others who needed to know of the death. Henry C. Gatz, father of James Gatz who reinvented himself as Jay Gatsby, came from Minnesota after seeing a report of the death in a Chicago newspaper. The third primary participant in the funeral was the minister.

There actually were a few more people in attendance at the graveside funeral service. Some of Gatsby's servants and the West Egg mail carrier also were present.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team