What symbolizes death in The Great Gatsby?
Though Myrtle appears to have consummated her desire a little more than Gatsby (by having sexual relations with Tom) both appear to die in pursuit of the object of their desire. Myrtle dies running out to Tom’s car and Gatsby dies defending Daisy’s reputation.
How is Gatsby’s death explained?
Wilson shoots Gatsby, killing him instantly, then shoots himself. Nick hurries back to West Egg and finds Gatsby floating dead in his pool. Nick imagines Gatsby’s final thoughts, and pictures him disillusioned by the meaninglessness and emptiness of life without Daisy, without his dream.
What is the irony of Gatsby’s funeral?
What is the irony of Gatsby’s funeral? Few people were at the funeral or the procession. Gatsby’s father, Nick, the minister, some servants, and owl eyes were the only ones in attendance at the funeral.
How is death a theme in The Great Gatsby?
Even though death affects all the characters in The Great Gatsby, only Nick Carraway is willing to confront the reality of death and its meaning for his own life. In the end, Nick is just as afraid of his own mortality as everyone else is. The story he tells in The Great Gatsby is proof of that.
What foreshadows Gatsby’s death?
When Nick looks again, Gatsby has disappeared into the “unquiet darkness” – foreshadowing his disappearance into death at the end of the book. The inaccessibility of the green light tells us to expect a narrative in which the object of desire will never be obtained.
How is Myrtle’s death ironic?
First, Daisy Buchanan is the driver of the mysterious “death car”—she’s the one who accidentally runs over and kills Myrtle. This is ironic because while the reader knows that Tom Buchanan had been having an affair with Myrtle, Daisy has no idea that the woman she killed was her husband’s mistress.
What does the last line of Great Gatsby mean?
If we go with the “heavy burden” meaning of the word “borne,” then this last line means that our past is an anchor and a weight on us no matter how hard we try to go forward in life. In this case, life only an illusion of forward progress.