F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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What Killed Gatsby? Love or Greed? To certain people, Gatsby’s death was a cruel and surprising conclusion to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. But there is still some mystery around the cause of Gatsby’s death. Upon meeting Gatsby for the first time, one can tell that he has an obsession centered around Daisy Buchanan, his old love, and was dead set on getting her back. Gatsby’s obsession with repeating the past is responsible for his death and Gatsby’s greed put him in a grave. Further into the novel, it is revealed that Gatsby made his abundant fortune on illegal business and trades that were outlawed in the 1920’s. Gatsby’s death could be caused by either his love for Daisy or from his inner need for more. Roger Lewis makes the…show more content…
This emphisizes how Gatsby’s crush on Daisy went deeper; he believed that if he could get her back, then Daisy could repair all of his pain and heal him. Gatsby believed that to be with Daisy was to be safe and happy again. Gatsby believed that her love would solve everything. As critic Bewley inserts: During that long interval while they had disappeared from each other’s sight, Daisy has become a legend in Gatsby’s memory, a part of his private past through which (as a “mythic” character) he assimilates into the pattern of that historic past through which he would move into the historic future (1). Gatsby is so inspired with the memory of Daisy that he has no consideration that she may have changed or may have grown since their time apart. Gatsby only falls deeper and deeper in love with Daisy. “He hadn 't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (Fitzgerald 112). Gatsby seems to hold his breath for her, which leads to his rejection. After all Gatsby has done to get Daisy back, he pushes her to make a choice, Gatsby or Tom. Daisy gets flustered and nonverbally chooses Tom, yet she tries hard to convince Gatsby that she “loved him too” (Fitzgerald 144). Gatsby is in shock and cannot understand why Daisy did not pick him after all he had done to get her back. He
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