The Great Gatsby

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Heli Nguyen
8/25/12
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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about the upper-class American life in the 1920s. Specifically, it takes place from spring to fall in the year 1922. The ending of the novel is very tragic and gloomy. In the end, Myrtle, is ran over by Gatsby’s car, and the car does not stop; it keeps on speeding by. Tom is deeply affected by this because Myrtle was his girlfriend. George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband, finds out the owner of the yellow car the killed Myrtle. George goes to Gatsby’s house, and shoots Gatsby in the pool, and finally, shooting himself. After that, Nick reveals that Tom told George the owner of the yellow car. The ending of the novel does not seem fair because some of the characters who committed crimes were not punished. For example, Daisy was actually supposed to be punished for running over Myrtle, not Gatsby, and Gatsby should be punished for being part of organized crime, because he is a bootlegger.

Daisy was not punished for the hit and run situation with Myrtle, and she had gotten away with it. No one else knows about it except for Gatsby and Nick. Tom assumed that Gatsby was most likely driving the car and hitting Tom’s mistress. It was a huge mistake, and he tells George Wilson so Wilson could avenge Myrtle’s death. Wilson does believe that Gatsby ran Myrtle over: “‘It was the man in that car. She ran out to speak to him and he wouldn’t stop’” (Fitzgerald 137-138). Justice was not served fairly because Gatsby was given the punishment instead of Daisy. If Nick had told Tom that Daisy was the one driving and Daisy confesses it, she would have to be severely punished.

Gatsby was never punished for his part in organized crime. Tom knows about Gatsby’s crime. He says that Gatsby and his business partner, Meyer Wolfshiem, are in a drug store business which makes Gatsby a bootlegger: “‘He and this Wolfshiem brought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain...
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