Transcript of The Conclusion & Themes of The Great Gatsby
The Conclusion of The Great Gatsby By <<< Climax "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." (Fitzgerald 162) Falling Actions "After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction. So when the blue smoke of brittle leaves was in the air and the wind blew the wet laundry stiff on the line I decided to come back home." (Fitzgerald 176) "When a man gets killed I never like to get mixed up in it in any way. I keep out. When I was a young man it was different... I stuck with them to the end... Let us learn to show friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead." (Fitzgerald 171) Symbolism "And as I say there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He has come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it." (Fitzgerald 180) Conclusion "After two years, I remember the rest of that day, and that night and the next day, only as an endless drill of police and photographers and newspaper men in and out of Gatsby's front door." (Fitzgerald 163) "[Gatsby] did not know that [his dream] was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night." (Fitzgerald 180) Plot Type: Chronological "After two years, I remember the rest of that day..." (Fitzgerald 163) Major Theme: The Decline of the American Dream (in the 1920's) "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning--Full transcript
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (Fitzgerald 180) The End!