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The Great Gatsby Essay (written 18 September 2019)

I wrote this essay as part of summer homework for my ELA II class. We had to read The Great Gatsby and answer the following prompt: To what degree is Gatsby responsible for his own death?  





The 1920s was an era of romanticism, change, and rapid industrialization. This is best exemplified in the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. The narrator of the story is Nick Carraway, neighbor to the titular Jay Gatsby. He is caught up in Gatsby’s attempts to capture the heart of Nick’s cousin Daisy despite the fact that she is married to Tom Buchanan. Tom also has a mistress, Myrtle, who is married to George Wilson, Tom’s mechanic. After an accident involving Gatsby’s car kills Myrtle, George finds Gatsby and kills him out of revenge. Gatsby is partially responsible for his own death, as he acted dishonestly, refused to accept that Daisy changed, but his interference in Daisy’s marriage indirectly led him to his own death.

Gatsby’s dishonesty partially led him to his unfortun…

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