Who is to blame for the death and destruction of Jay Gatsby?who has most of the blame? (besides George Wilson, i dont mean literally) quotes would be helpful!!

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In the most literal interpretation, George Wilson is responsible for the death of Jay Gatsby, as he actually pulls the trigger and causes Gatsby’s demise. In looking at the death and destruction more figuratively, though, Jay Gatsby is responsible for his own death and demise. His single-minded love for Daisy was his downfall. For over four years he pursued his one dream, having Daisy back. This one goal drove him to make all his money, however he could, and eventually did bring Daisy back into his life. This, though, was also another step toward his death and destruction. After Daisy killed Myrtle while driving Gatsby’s car, he decides to take the blame for it. His love for Daisy blinds him to the consequences this might bring about. Because Tom thinks that Gatsby was driving, he sends Wilson to Gatsby when Wilson seeks revenge. Therefore, Gatsby brought about his own demise with his single dream of having Daisy. 


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