After the murder/suicide that I recklessly (and drunkenly) described before, the newspapers descend on the Gatsby house and by extension Nick’s, proclaiming the spectacle for what it was. Daisy’s part is never mentioned and they move away before the body is found.
The next few pages are Nick attempting to find someone else in Gatsby’s life. Molar tie guy claims to know nothing other than sorry for his business partner’s death. Finally, Nick gets in touch with Mr. Gatz, Gatsby’s father.
Gatsby’s father makes it into town and he and Nick talk about what a good and focused kid Jimmy Gatz (Gatsby) was.
Then the crazy ass piano player calls and is all “WTF” and Nick is like, “You comin to the funeral, bro” and Player is all “Maybe” and that’s it.
Gatsby’s father shows Nick a book where Gatsby had made a schedule and some notes to better himself for when he was younger. Then nobody comes to the funeral.
After some time, Nick decides to go back home but decides to talk to Jordan Baker first. She tells him she is engaged to be married and he is all “that’s cool” then she makes a dick comment about him not being a stand up guy and he fucks off away from her. Later in the city he also sees Tom who gives him a snow job about it being cool he told George where to find Gatsby because Gatsby was a liar. They leave each other with a general feeling of “whatever, bro.”
The last of the book is Nick looking at the “incoherent failure of a house” and a man who’s reach exceeded his grasp, a man named Gatsby who was killed by dreams and hope and passion.
Old Sport Count
Surprise! Gatsby gets one in on Nick from beyond the grave!
This chapter is all about solidifying Gatz as a real person (with his dad) and showing how fake Gatsby, the created persona, the creation that threw the big parties, was. That the only people to really know Jimmy Gatz, Nick and Gatz’s father, were the only people to attend his funeral is testament to this.
The rest of the book ties up Nick’s acquaintances by allowing him to confront and be disgusted by them. Jordan Baker has picked her rich suitor and dismissed Nick as a fling (she even tries to put him down as a way of detachment). Tom is fully confrontational, denying that anything he did was wrong because, well, it worked. In Tom’s eyes, the bad guy that attempted to ruin his marriage and his life who lied about who he was paid the price for those lies. And in truth... that’s what happened. The confliction that Nick feels is what the reader should feel. There are no good guys nor any bad guys in this novel, just conflicting ideologies. We all want to say how we would act good and pure were we in the villain’s position, born into his privileged or harsh life, but the truth is we may already be a villain to someone right now.
Cast your funeral. Who shows up? That cute girl from Spanish? Nope. Just your pothead roommate you shared too much with “The Night of Too Many Cheetos.” Depressed yet?
Have you ever written down something and hoped when you died people would read it and think, “See, he reviewed the Great Gatsby chapter by chapter, he wasn’t such a bad guy. I miss him.”? No? Just me, then.
Have you ever gone back to a house where you used to party like a rock star? If yes, discuss. If no, don’t do it, it sucks.