The Great Gatsby Death Analysis

487 Words2 Pages
In the tragic novel, The Great Gatsby, written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the audience is opened to multiple characters living in a fictional town. Fitzgerald sets up the characters of the novel into distinct groups. Each social group has their own tragedies to contend with. In Fitzgerald's novel he created several events that caused great suffering, destruction and distress such as a serious accident for the characters. F. Scott Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby, involves multiple deaths in the novel which plays a key role in the plot of the story. One particular death that plays a key role in the plot of The Great Gatsby is Myrtle Wilson's. Myrtle Wilson is Tom Buchanan's affair lover. Her husband George Wilson owns a garage and gas station in the valley of ashes. This is the setting where Myrtle's death takes place. At this point in the novel there are complicated relationships among the characters. Daisy was driving Gatsby's big yellow automobile, with him in the passenger seat heading back from the city. As they pass George's garage, Myrtle runs into the middle of the road and is struck by the car and killed. This death plays a key role in the novel because…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald's magnum opus, he plays out several deaths which play a important factor in the plot of the novel. Two significant deaths in The Great Gatsby extremely affected the plot and meaning of the novel. Myrtle Wilson's death caused by Daisy Buchanan jeopardized Jay Gatsby's life. Her mistake created a misunderstanding in the plot of the novel. All in all, Daisy's recklessness started the events that caused great suffering, destruction and distress of many characters. Jay Gatsby's death affected the plot of the novel because it allowed the audience to recognize one of the true meanings of Fitzgerald's work. Gatsby's death represents the corruption of the American dream. Myrtle Wilson's and Jay Gatsby's death helps to illuminate the meaning of the work as a
Open Document