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The Great Conspiracy Theory
Transcript of The Great Conspiracy Theory
Where and When:
What: The murder of Gatsby
Many believe the obvious; George Wilson killed Gatsby. However, there is no solid proof that validates this accusation. There are endless possibilities as to who the murderer(s) of Gatsby is/are. I for one believe it to be Tom Buchanan and Wolfsheim who worked together to plot the murder.
Proof: Tom as a person
"two shining arrogant eyes..always leaning aggressively forward..a cruel body.." (pg 7)
"..and his determination to have my company bordered on violence." (pg 24)
"Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (pg 37)
"As the waiter brought my change I caught sight of Tom Buchanan across the crowded room." (pg 73)
These statements reveal that Tom has the aggressive, violent nature necessary for committing a murder. Not only does he posses the physical strength required, but also the mental and emotional state needed. This also shows Tom's connection to Wolsheim in the bar.
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Tom knew of Wolfsheim and his business with Gatsby, through his connections, and used that to his advantage. Tom convinced Wolsheim to help in the murder of Gatsby, almost as a business deal. Wolsheim warned his men at Gatsby's house of what Tom would be doing, and to not take any notice. Upon getting to Gatsby's house, Tom shot Gatsby and then Wilson, moving his body, making it look like a murder/suicide. While he only intended to kill Gatsby, Tom was able to successfully murder the other man interfering in his life.
"The chauffeur-he was one of Wolfsheim's proteges- heard the shots-afterward he could only say that he hadn't thought anything much about them" (pg 161).
This reveals that Wolfsheim's men followed his orders and did not acknowledge what was taking place. This allowed Tom the ability to murder Gatsby and Wilson, all while making his escape.
Tom was on his way to Gatsby's house to perform the murder. At this time however, Wilson was also pursuing Gatsby, but for a different reason. While Tom was there to kill Gatsby, Wilson was not; he was their to confront Gatsby on the hit-and-run and demand an explanation of everything. Once getting there, Wilson saw Tom kill Gatsby. In order to cover himself, Tom also shot Wilson.
"Walter could have you up on the betting laws too but Wolfsheim scared him into shutting up." (pg 134)
"Picking up Wilson like a doll, Tom carried him into the office, set him down in a chair, and came back." (pg 141).
"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" (pg 162).
This statement reveals Tom knows of Wolsheim, furthering the possibility that they worked together in the murder.
This shows Tom has the physical strength to move Wilson's body.
This shows Wilson's body, which Tom may have moved. He was able to successfully make this crime look like a murder/suicide.
As Tom shot Gatsby, he saw Wilson. Instead of reasoning with him about what he saw, he decided to shoot Wilson as well. He moved the body away from Gatsby's and fled the scene. This made the crime look as though a man "deranged by grief" had reached his breaking point, eliminating Tom as a suspect of the murders.
It's Not Wilson:
While Wilson may be grief stricken by the death of Myrtle, he is not a murderer.
"Wilson's eyes fell upon Tom; he started up on his tiptoes and then would have collapsed to his knees had not Tom held him upright" (pg 140)
This statement reveals that Wilson is physically and mentally drained; he is in a state of shock.
"..while George Wilson rocked himself back and forth on the couch inside" (pg 156)
"He must of been tired and walking slowly, for he didn't reach Gad's Hill until noon" (pg 160)
These prove that Wilson does not have the ability to kill a man. He is exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally, and does not have the mind set or power to end another life.