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The Great Gatsby Chapter 10
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 10
Key Theme: Isolation
Key Theme: Wealth
In 'The Great Gatsby' money makes the world go round. Fitzgerald shows how money can buy nice shirts, a yellow Rolls Royce, a "gas blue dress" and a huge mansion. But in this last chapter Fitzgerald shows us that the one thing money cannot buy us is happiness or love.
Gatsby has a wealth of materialistic obects, and hosts lavish party after lavish party, but beneath the glamorous facade none of Gatsby's guests knew or cared about him. After his death, few people cared to show up to his funeral.
Gatsby spent his life with one dream, to be with Daisy. He devoted all his time and wealth for this dream, and it was all an illusion.
Gatsby's mansion is now deserted and dilapidated
Green Light & Schedule Symbolism
In chapter nine Nick brings up Gatsby's infatuation with the green light again, he compares it to the untouched America before the settlers arrived: "a fresh, green breast of the new world". This symbolism, the green light and the new green land of America represents the American dream.
- Writing two years after Gatsby's death
Nick recalls the events regarding the
- Nick makes the arrangements
- The Buchanans have left for New York
leaving no contact address
- Nick asks Meyer Wolfshiem to attend but
he claims he is unable
- One of the only people to attend
Gatsby's funeral is his father, Henry C
Gatz who came all the way from
Minnesota after reading of his sons
death in a Chicago newspaper
- Henry Gatz is proud of his son and saves
a picture of the house
- Nick moves back to the Midwest and
breaks of his relationship with Jordan
who announces she is engaged
In this final chapter, Nick highlights Gatsby's isolation and his loneliness. After hosting all those parties attended by such large numbers of people, it turns out he was essentially alone all the time. Nick knew Gatsby only three months, but yet he is the one left to arrange Gatsby's funeral. Normally the closest peson to the deceased organises the funeral - this shows the huge lack of close relations Gatsby had.
Owl Eyes was one of the few people to attend the funeral, yet he hardly knew Gatsby at all.
They called the world Fitzgerald and his characters lived in the 'Lost Generation', people may come together in 'The Great Gatsby' but they always end up falling apart in the end.
Finally, only Tom and Daisy really end up together - and their relationship is questionable.
- Later in the year, Nick bumps into
Tom Buchanan in the street
- Tom admits to telling George Wilson
that the car that killed Myrtle
belonged to Gatsby
- The novel ends with Nick
contemplating the empty mansion
and Gatsby's story
"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 further . . . And one fine morning - So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past"
"On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight" - Gatsby's house had died along with Gatsby, barely a shadow of the life that used to reside there.
"Probably it was some final guest who had been away at the end of the earth and didn't know the party was over" - Some of Gatsby's guests knew so little about Gatsby that they didn't even know he was dead.
Metapor for the end of an era
The schedule Gatsby wrote in "Hopalong Cassidy" is ironic because the schedule leaves no time to waste, every slot of time in the day is filled. However, after meeting Daisy, Gatsby lost all concept of time, and wasted time on a lost dream of repeating the past with Daisy.