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THE GREAT GATSBY
Transcript of THE GREAT GATSBY
Why is Tom Accountable for Gatsby's Death
Although, Many characters could be partly responsible for Gatsby's death, Daisy plays the most important role. There are many parts in the story that prove she can be held accountable for his death. Firstly, Daisy is a careless person who forgets her actions affect other people. She leads Gatsby on by telling him she is going to leave her husband and run away with him, when she is really not sure. This is evident during the argument in the city when "she realized at last what she was doing and as though she had never, all along, intended doing anything at all" (p. 132). Even though she claims to love Gatsby, she would not leave Tom because he is old money. Gatsby has spent his whole life trying to obtain the riches she desires, and yet his new money still falls short of her standards. He cannot take hearing Daisy say, "I did love him once but I loved you too" (p.132). Therefore, Daisy takes advantage of Gatsby's love for her, leading to his death. Also, If Daisy had waited for Gatsby to return from the war, they could have married and lived happily somewhere far away. Tom would not have been in the picture, might have still had an affair with Myrtle, but would have no reason to hate on Gatsby
Although Daisy probably plays the most important role in Gatsby’s death, Tom Buchanan also plays an important role in his death. Throughout the story, there are many situations that lead to Gatsby’s death that are caused by Tom. Firstly, the biggest cause of Gatsby’s death was that he told Wilson, that when Myrtle was murdered it was Gatsby who was driving. Tom knew that Daisy was the one driving, but he lied to Wilson to protect his wife and get revenge on Gatsby for trying to take his wife. This is the reason why Tom took Daisy and fled the country. “What if I did tell him? The fellow had it coming to him.” (Fitzgerald 187) This quote basically implies that everything that happened to Gatsby, he deserved even being shot by Wilson. Tom let his anger take over the best of him and made quick decisions that had major consequences. He didn’t care about Gatsby or his life and his action of telling Wilson the wrong information caused Wilson to pull the trigger on Gatsby.
By: Anna, Arish & Ragavi
Friday, July 18, 2014
ENG4U1 - QUESTION 5
CAUSE OF GATSBY'S DEATH?
THE GREAT GATSBY
There are several of questions left unanswered when reading the novel, but the one thing that came to mind immediately is who is truly responsible for Gatsby's death? From analyzing the many events that occurred, it can conclude that one individual can not be held accountable for the death of Gatsby. Daisy, Tom, Myrtle and Gatsby himself are blamed for the cause of his death.
WHY SHOULD DAISY BE BLAMED?
I did love him once but I loved you too
Another reason to why Daisy is accountable for Gatsby's death is because she was the one who was driving the car. She is not only responsible for Gatsby's death, but also for Myrtle's. Her morals and actions after hitting Myrtle lead to Gatsby's demise. Gatsby tells Nick, "Daisy stepped on it. I tried to make her stop, but she couldn't" (p. 144). Daisy does not care enough for another human life to stop the car even though Gatsby is telling her to pull over. She knows Gatsby will end up taking the blame since it was his car she was driving. It is not said specifically, but the reader is lead to believe that Daisy leaves town soon after the accident to avoid being caught when Nick says, "There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together." Tom, protecting his wife, informs Wilson that is was Gatsby's car that hit and killed Myrtle.
CAN MYRTLE BE BLAMED FOR GATSBY'S DEATH?
There are several reasons that led up to the death of Gatsby. Myrtle is one of the several characters that played a role in the cause of his death and problems in the story. She can be to blame for his death, because if Myrtle had not already seen Tom in Gatsby’s car when he stopped to attain gas then she would not have approached the yellow car when Daisy was driving and gotten killed." That god damn coward!" he cried. "He didnt even stop his car."This could have prevented the death of her, and might have easily avoided the need for myrtle’s husband to kill Gatsby if that never happened. The death of Myrtle is what triggered the sense in Myrtle’s husband to avenge Gatsby. Next, if Myrtle had not been so selfish and had an affair with Tom while they are both married in the first place, then this could have prevented the series of conflicts that occurred after, due to it.
Another reason Tom is held accountable for Gatsby’s death is Tom’s decisions throughout the story he makes quick decisions which in the end affect Gatsby’s death. When everyone wants go into town, Tom takes Gatsby’s car instead of his and even this is a cause of Gatsby’s death. “Well, you take my coupe and let me drive your car to town.” (Fitzgerald 127) If Tom hadn’t taken Gatsby’s car in the first place, he wouldn’t have stopped for gas at Wilson’s. Wilson saw this car and later on when Wilson noticed the car, he assumed that it was Gatsby who was driving, so he pulled the trigger. Also, “He ran over Myrtle like you’d run over a dog and never even stopped his car.” Tom gets Wilson even more angry, by saying that Gatsby didn’t even care about Myrtle and he ran over her and just kept going. Also, in the end Tom told Daisy and Gatsby to leave and if he didn’t the accident wouldn’t have happened. “You two start on home, Daisy. In Mr. Gatsby’s car.” If Tom hadn’t told them to leave them at that moment they could’ve avoided the accident.
How is Gatsby responsible for his own death?
Most people were played a role in Gatsby’s death, even Gatsby himself. Gatsby wasn’t willing to accept that fact that he could not get his American dream girl, Daisy. His overall issue was that he was too in love with Daisy. "I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect and its these things i'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged i wild suspicious that she wasnt all she should be. I love her and that is the beginning of everything ." It got to the point for he was obsessed that he had to have her no matter what. He even covered the fact that it was Daisy who was driving the car, and not him. He thought he could change Daisy’s mind into leaving Tom for him. Also, he could not accept the fact that Daisy liked Tom and didn’t want to leave him because Tom was old money and he was new money. All of these actions led to his own death because the consequence of these actions were getting onto Tom’s bad side. So, if he never tried to steal Daisy he wouldn’t have gotten into a problem with Tom, who told Wilson that Gatsby killed his wife, causing Wilson to kill Gatsby himself.
So who can we blame?
In conclusion, not only was one person accountable for Gatsby's death, but it was Daisy, Tom, Myrtle and even Gatsby's himself. We learn that each character in this story had contributed in his death in many ways. They all affected his demise in a domino effect.
1. What would have happened, if Gatsby had not loved Daisy so much and lied to protect her?
2. What would have happened if Daisy had not been such a careless person?
3. Are Tom and Myrtle to blame for having an affair?
4. Do you think Wilson is the only person who is really responsible for Gatsby's death?
5. As the story begins do you think the seeds of Gatsby's death are already shown ?