cannot sleep that night. Toward dawn he hears a taxi go up Gatsby's
drive, and he immediately feels that he has something to warn Gatsby
about. Gatsby is still there, watching Daisy's mansion across the
Nick warns him to get away for a week, since his car will inevitably
be traced, but he refuses to consider it. He cannot leave Daisy
until he knows what she will do. It was then that Gatsby told his
entire history to Nick. Gatsby still refuses to believe that Daisy
ever loved Tom. After the war Gatsby searched for Daisy, only to
find that she had married Tom. Nick leaves reluctantly, having to
go to work that morning. Before he leaves, Nick tells Gatsby that
he's "worth the whole damn bunch put together." At work, Nick gets
a call from Jordan, and they have a tense conversation.
That day Michaelis goes to comfort Wilson, who is convinced that
his wife was murdered. He had found the dog collar that Tom had
bought Myrtle hidden the day before, which prompted their sudden
decision to move west. Wilson looks out at the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg
and tells Michaelis that "God sees everything." Wilson left, "acting
crazy" (according to witnesses), and found his way to Gatsby's house.
Gatsby had gone out to the pool for one last swim before draining
it for the fall. Wilson shot him, and then shot himself.
Nick's concern for Gatsby demonstrates
the loyalty that he still has toward the man. Despite all of the
careless behavior that Gatsby has been involved in, he still remains
absolved of a great deal of the blame. Nick gives the final appraisal
of Gatsby when he tells him that he's "worth the whole damn bunch
Although Nick disapproves of some
things that Gatsby does, he admires him for being the hopeless and
hopeful "great romantic who represents the worldly ambitions in
all of us. He believes in seizing the 'green light' and the dreams
of youth, no matter what the cost.
The exchange between Michaelis
and Wilson before he seeks out Gatsby is significant. He looks out
at the eyes advertisement and claims that "God sees everything,"
an important injection of morality into the novel. The only previous
statements of moral belief have come from Tom, who uses them as
weapons to maintain his societal status. For Wilson the statement
is of religious terror: whatever sins these people commit, they
cannot hide them from god. Yet this jarring introduction of moral
instruction is based on delusion. Wilson confuses the eyes of an
advertisement for the eyes of god.
Fitzgerald imbues the description
of Gatsby's death with images of transition. Even before the murder
occurs there seems to be an understanding that a change will soon
occur. When Nick leaves Gatsby they say good-bye to each other,
implying that it is a final departure. Before Gatsby is murdered
he is taking one last swim before draining the pool for the fall.
Gatsby's unshakable faith in his
dream has been an affirmation of the richer, more essential part
of life, and he emerges as the only admirable character in the book
apart from the narrator. Gatsby dies with his dream still alive,
awaiting an improbably 'phone call from Daisy.