A climax is a decisive moment in a novel that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the major moment of intensity in the novel is when Gatsby finally talks to Daisy for the fist time in years. When they finally reconnect Gatsby feels like it was a “terrible mistake.”(87) The situation is awkward in every aspect. Gatsby is so uncomfortable to be with Daisy he breaks Nick’s clock while in a fluster of her presence. Gatsby although more noticeably uncomfortable in Daisy’s presence, has Nick to point out that “Daisy’s embarrassed too.” (87) During there first words they talked about how long it had been and Gatsby remembered the exact time it had been, it would be “ five months next November.”(87) The turning point of this particular scene comes when nick comes back to the room and realizes that Gatsby “literally glowed.”(89) Gatsby and Daisy had been left alone by Nick and when he comes back in he describes a scene that a question had just been answered, the question of their love. It comes to be concluded that Gatsby is happy by there conversation, that Gatsby has hope of love with Daisy. Gatsby’s rise to the riches was all for Daisy and the fact that she could love him was the only thing he wanted to hear. This is a decisive moment of maximum intensity of love and prosperity for Gatsby. It fuels his next actions of the book and his ultimate downfall in the end.
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