What is the significance of the last chapter of The Great Gatsby?

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Chapter nine, the final chapter of The Great Gatsby, is significant because it shows the fallout following Gatsby's death. Daisy and Tom have left town. Wolfsheim is hard to reach, and makes up excuses as to why he can't be around. Klipspringer calls, but only to inquire about...

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Chapter nine, the final chapter of The Great Gatsby, is significant because it shows the fallout following Gatsby's death. Daisy and Tom have left town. Wolfsheim is hard to reach, and makes up excuses as to why he can't be around. Klipspringer calls, but only to inquire about having a pair of shoes sent to him. He has no intention of coming to the funeral.

The only ones present at Gatsby's grave are Nick, Gatsby's father, and Owl Eyes. This is significant because it is a huge contrast to Gatsby's parties, when lots of people were clamoring to attend and be a part of it. Now, no one wants anything to do with Gatsby. This shows us how these friendships were empty and not real. These people did not really care about Gatsby himself or maybe they only cared about him when he seemed like a high figure. Fitzgerald highlights these empty friendships by having Nick go to great lengths to track people down in this chapter.

Fitzgerald also wraps up the story in this final chapter with Nick's reflection on the events that have occurred. Nick tells us how New York lost its allure, and he feels haunted by it. Nick thinks about the green light and what it meant to Gatsby. This is significant because it highlights this symbol in the story and the idea of trying to repeat the past.

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