The Great Gatsby: Ch 8
“His house had never seemed so enormous to me as it did that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes”. (pg. 147)
I think this reveals the illusion that Gatsby put upon everyone with his money. Throughout the whole book, Gatsby’s house as always filled with people and alive with music. In this part in the book, it is empty and everything Gatsby had was gone.
“He wouldn’t consider it. He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free”. (pg. 148)
This is Gatsby’s only reason to live. Feel like this was the moment that would determine whether he lived or died. He was desperately holding onto Daisy in the hope that she would love him again. It makes me feel sad to know that everything that Gatsby worked for was going to end.
“The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of transit, a thin red circle in the water.
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 over”. (Pg. 162)
I had to read this 3 times to understand what had happened in this part of the book. Gatsby was shot by Wilson, thinking he was the man who hit Myrtle and then killed himself after. Although this is tragic, I think that it had to happen. Wilson was thirsty for blood and Gatsby had lost all hope in every being happy again. I think it was right for Gatsby to be shot instead of Tom or Daisy. I think his life was over when he realized that Daisy was not coming back.