Apologies for not sticking to the schedule. The last week of Feb & first week of March were crazy busy. I’ll post about movies & vacation soon. :) Thank you Amber for filling in and leading a great discussion of chapters 6 & 7!
So a recap of the final 2 chapters of The Great Gatsby in case it’s been awhile since you’ve read it–SPOILERS:
At the beginning of chapter 8, Nick goes over to Gatsby’s house to find out what happened after he left Gatsby waiting outside Tom & Daisy’s home. Nick encourages Gatsby to get out of town for awhile since he owns that car that hit and killed Myrtle, but Gatsby won’t leave until he finds out what Daisy’s going to do. Gatsby tells Nick more about his past. Gatsby tells his gardener not to drain the pool today because he hasn’t been swimming all summer. Nick reluctantly leaves to go to work. Nick recaps what happened at the garage the night before: Myrtle’s husband doesn’t believe it was an accident, remembers that Myrtle came home once from the city with a dog collar, and realizes he can find out who owns the yellow car.
Meanwhile, Gatsby waits and waits for a phone call that doesn’t come, takes a swim, and when Nick rushes into the house later that afternoon, he finds Gatsby shot and Myrtle’s husband dead in the grass. As Nick informs Gatsby’s “friends” that Gatsby is dead, no one seems to be able to attend the funeral. However, “Owl-Eyes” the drunk party-goer from Gatsby’s library does go. Nick meets Mr. Gatz, Gatsby’s father. Daisy and Tom are out of town, so Nick can’t reach Daisy. When Nick runs into Tom later, he finds out that Tom told Myrtle’s husband that it was Gatsby’s car, and as we know from the beginning, Nick moves away.
1. What do you think of Gatsby’s end? Tragic? Was there any other way for Gatsby’s life to go?
2. How do you feel about Daisy (and/or any of the other characters) now?
3. Who is meant to be reading Nick’s story? Anyone? Is there an audience? Nick seems to write for someone, but is it just for himself to read later in life?
4. Before Myrtle’s husband leaves the Valley of Ashes to find Gatsby, he says “I told [Myrtle] she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God” and “God sees everything.” His neighbor sees him looking up at the ad of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. The eyes seem to be a favorite symbol of people who discuss the story. Your thoughts on them or anything else you find symbolic?
5. Final thoughts on anything else specific or the story in general? Did you like it? By the 1960s, apparently The Great Gatsby was considered a classic. Does it still hold up as a classic today?
And finally, for your entertainment, I present to you The Great Gatsby online Nintendo-like game. Enjoy!