Jay Gatsby's Involuntary Suicide

1425 Words Mar 14th, 2011 6 Pages
No, obliviously Jay Gatsby did not commit suicide, at least not in the literal or physical sense. Many characters in the novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, played roles in the death of Gatsby, but none greater than the role played by Gatsby himself. Gatsby lived a life based entirely upon two things: achieving the American Dream and Daisy Buchanan. It is understandable for a young man such as Gatsby to attempt to search and work towards gaining the American Dream. However, the subject of Daisy is slightly more difficult to understand. Gatsby’s hopelessly romantic and lavish lifestyle was most responsible for his death, far more responsible than Daisy’s self-centered actions, Tom’s arrogant and hypocritical presence, …show more content…
Yes, he was alive when Wilson shot him; however, Gatsby seemed to already be dead on the inside. He had been dead since he found out that Daisy was married to another man. He tries desperately to get Daisy to leave Tom for him; he truly believed that she would, too. [“Gatsby himself… felt that he had lost the old warm world, [and he] paid a high price for living too long with a single dream” (Fitzgerald 161).] Here Gatsby and Wilson had something in common. They both had women they loved, and couldn’t live without. Only Gatsby and Daisy wanted to be together, but could not, while Wilson and Myrtle were married while she was having an affair with Tom, and Wilson still loved her to no avail. So, when Myrtle was murdered, Wilson was overcome by grief. He wanted revenge and when he learned of Gatsby running over his wife, he did not stop to think of what he was doing. It was only until after he had shot Gatsby that Wilson realized his actions and shot himself. Wilson was stricken by sorrow at the death of his wife and he only wanted those responsible to pay for what they had done. It could have been that Wilson had become temporarily insane and had no control over his actions. However, the reader might never know since Nick was so unbiased about the entire event. Nick showed just enough emotion and judgment throughout the complete novel to be considered an active and non-omniscient character. There are those who