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The turning point of the novel comes in Chapter VII, when Tom and Gatsby confront one another. The confrontation begins when Tom antagonizes Gatsby and bates Gatsby with questions and insinuations about his past. 

For a while, Gatsby is cool, collected and in control. It seems that he will win the day and win Daisy. When Gatsby declares that Daisy never loved Tom and demands that she corroborate this claim, things begin to turn against Gatsby. His demand is too much for Daisy to sustain. 

“Oh, you want too much!” she cried to Gatsby. “I love you now—isn't that enough? I can't help what's past.” She began to sob helplessly. “I did love him once—but I loved you too.”

At this point, Gatsby's hope to erase the last five years are dashed. Daisy simply cannot go through with that kind of effacement. Her life with Tom has meant something to her. She has loved him. To say otherwise is to negate the meaning of her life, to some degree, and she cannot do this. Even if her reasons are different, the result is the same. 

Daisy cannot agree to erase the last five years and Gatsby's hope to repeat the past becomes, rather quickly, a very real impossibility despite his confidence and his sense of destiny. Reality, here, begins to set in. Gatsby will not win the day. He has asked for too much. 

Tom continues his attack on Gatsby and takes the upper hand after Daisy relents in her preference for Gatsby alone. He brings up Gatsby's bootlegging and other details of his illicit business dealings. Daisy is surprised and disturbed. 

Not long after this episode, Myrtle is run down in the "death car" by an upset Daisy Buchanan and the novel speeds toward its close. 

This chapter offers a number of quotes that may be taken as representative of the turning point of the novel, but Daisy's hard-pressed confession of loving both men seems a proper summation of the dynamic that leads to the novel's decision.

It's not enough for Gatsby to have Daisy love him. He needs an absolute rejection of her past with Tom in order to be satisfied.

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What is the turning point in The Great Gatsby?

The climax and turning-point can be said to occur at the same time in The Great Gatsby. On what might be the hottest day of the summer, Gatsby accepts an invitation to visit with Tom and Daisy Buchanan (Chapter 7).

"They take a suite at the Plaza Hotel for mint juleps. Finally, Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy doesn't love her husband, and they confront one another, as Daisy falters" (eNotes).

Up to this point in the story, Daisy's rekindled affair (so to speak) with Gatsby has been kept a secret. Gatsby has even gone so far as to fire a majority of his household staff so that no gossip would get out about Daisy's visits to his house. 

In this chapter, however, a confrontation ensues. Gatsby is brazen enough to accept Tom's invitation. Tom goads Gatsby and tries to draw him out. He succeeds. 

There are quite a few interesting details to pull out of this section of the novel. Gatsby insists here that Daisy disavow her love for Tom and say that she never loved him. She cannot do it. Also, Tom badgers Gatsby and Gatsby, for the most part, remains calm and cool. He is forced to be direct in ways that he usually is not, but Gatsby stands in stark, cool contrast to Tom's hot-headedness.

It is in this area that another very interesting detail comes forward. Gatsby becomes the hero of the tale, in a subtle and rather indirect way, while Tom becomes the out-and-out villain.

When Gatsby is pressed to clear up the confusion about whether or not he is truly an "Oxford man," he offers a very believable and humble answer. Nick reacts with great relief. In his narration, Nick says of himself that "I wanted to get up and slap him on the back. I had one of those renewals of complete faith in him that I'd experienced before" (129). The honesty of spirit and genuine qualities in Gatsby here have risen above his many lines of deceit. It is Tom who is the bigger liar and the lesser man. 

After this confrontation, Daisy kills Myrtle by running her over yet does not turn her in. Tom then leads a distraught Wilson to Gatsby, knowing both that Daisy was the one who killed Myrtle and that Wilson would probably kill Gatsby. 

Tom's villainy is counter-poised with Gatsby's faith in Daisy and his faith in a certain romantic vision - the one that has effectively shaped his entire life. 

Thus, the story's turning point and climax is also the place where the character's are revealed in their ultimate meaning or a light is shined on their truest interior selves. 

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What is the turning point in The Great Gatsby?

The turning point in “The Great Gatsby” occurs in chapter seven when Nick, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and Gatsby decide to go to the Biltmore (a hotel in New York City) to have drinks on a very hot summer afternoon.  A turning point marks a change in the storyline and that is what happens at this point in the novel.  At this get-together, Tom decides that he is going to “call out” Gatsby about his past and reveal everything that he can to Daisy.  This turns into a huge blow-up between Tom and Gatsby; Daisy then leaves with Gatsby.  On the return home, Daisy ends up killing Myrtle and then gets back together with her husband later that night, forgetting all about her “love” for Gatsby.  This is the turning point in the novel because everything that was built-up to this point in the novel takes a severe turn and does not go as planned.

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What is the climax of The Great Gatsby?

The climax of a story brings closure to the main source of conflict. So, to find the climax, first determine what the main conflict is and then consider how you know that conflict is resolved. The climax is the point of high action that usually comes just before this and is typically situated near the end of the novel or story.

The conflict driving this novel is Gatsby's quest for Daisy's love. Most of the action in the book centers on his pursuit of her, which began long before this book's primary plot line. Gatsby has been acquiring wealth for years in an effort to ultimately be the man he thinks Daisy wants.

Near the end, we find Gatsby sitting outside Daisy's house, not inside it. He is protecting her from afar, still clinging to hope that she will return to him. However, it is clear to readers at this point that Daisy has chosen to remain with Tom. This is how we know that the conflict is over. How did we arrive at that conclusion?

Gatsby and Tom finally confront each other just prior to this scene, both trying to lay claim to Daisy. Gatsby presses Daisy to tell her husband that she loves Gatsby—not Tom. And Daisy finally admits that she loves them both. This takes Gatsby by surprise, and then Tom proceeds to rip apart Daisy's image of Gatsby by attacking his respectability:

"I found out what your 'drug-stores' were." He turned to us and spoke rapidly. "He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That's one of his little stunts."

It's effective, and Daisy begins to visibly retreat from Gatsby:

But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room.

Tom throws one final verbal punch, "allowing" Gatsby to ride home alone with his wife, to show what little concern he has that his wife will chose anyone but her husband.

Of course, Daisy then hits Myrtle on the way home.

This brings the beginnings of closure to Gatsby's dreams, as the reader realizes that Daisy will never be his. This section is, therefore, the climax.

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What is the climax of The Great Gatsby?

One could argue that the climax comes in chapter 5, when Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are reunited in Nick Carraway's living room, a meeting that Gatsby asked Nick to set up unbeknownst to Daisy.

When Daisy realizes what the men have done, she is initially shocked, and all three of them are awkward and embarrassed. Nick leaves the two of them alone. It has been raining, and the sun comes out before he goes back inside. He hears an emotional discussion while he is out of the room, but now there is silence.

When he enters the living room, Nick describes Jay in similarly sunlike terms, as glowing and radiant. The couple has come to some agreement. Even though they are sitting physically separated on the sofa, Nick can tell that in some important way they are now together. They were

looking at each other as if some question had been asked, or was in the air, and every vestige of embarrassment was gone.

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What is the climax of The Great Gatsby?

When Gatsby and Daisy finally reunite, it is a climactic (or anticlimactic) moment. After awkward moments and then a more meaningful reconnection, Nick leaves Daisy and Gatsby with the feeling that this dramatic, triumphant moment was also marked by a sense of doubt. 

As I went over to say good-by I saw that the expression of bewilderment had come back into Gatsby’s face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness. 

There are two more dramatic climaxes in terms of the action in the novel. The two climaxes are causally connected so you could incorporate them into one. The first climax occurs when Myrtle is killed by the car which Daisy is driving, and Gatsby is her passenger. 

The other car, the one going toward New York, came to rest a hundred yards beyond, and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust. (Chapter 7) 

The second climax occurs when George Wilson, thinking Gatsby had been responsible for killing his wife, Myrtle, goes to Gatsby's house, kills him, and then kills himself. 

It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete. (Chapter 8

To protect Daisy, Gatsby made no attempt to say he was not driving the car. 

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