The Great Gatsby – Chapter 9 – Summary and Analysis

Final chapter begins with the police, reporters, and photographers storming Gatsby’s house
Nick becomes worried that he is handling Gatsby’s burial arrangements, believing there must be someone closer to Gatsby who should be conducting the business at hand
When he phones Daisy to tell her of Gatsby’s death, he learns she and Tom have left on a trip, leaving no itinerary
Nick, with increasing frustration, feels he must “get somebody” for Gatsby
In Nick’s mind, Gatsby did not deserve to be alone
Wolfshiem sends a letter explaining he won’t be involved with Gatsby’s funeral
Henry Gatz learned of Gatsby’s death through the Chicago newspaper
Gatz refuses to take the body to the Midwest, because “Jimmy always liked it better down East.”
Klipspringer (who lived part of the time at Gatsby’s house) phones only to inquire about his tennis shoes
On the day of the funeral, Wolfshiem refuses to attend – discloses he did not just give Gatsby a start in business — he made Gatsby’s fortune by using him in various questionable activities
Henry Gatz grows more proud as he sees his son’s possessions
The copy of “Hopalong Cassidy” was once owned by the young Jimmy Gatz, Gatsby’s father points out his young son’s drive toward self-improvement by calling Nick’s attention to the daily schedule penciled in the back
Nick is struck by the bitter injustice of Gatsby’s solitary death
Owl Eyes make an appearance at his funeral (and he only made it to the gate after the services ended)
Throughout the story, Gatsby has been held up as an example of one who has achieved the American dream — he had money, possessions, independence, and people who wanted to be around him – or so the reader thinks
Nick, showing he has come to respect Gatsby over the course of the summer, worries that, in fact, the circus-like atmosphere will allow the “grotesque, circumstantial, [and] eager” reporters to mythologize his neighbor, filling the pages of their rags with half-truths and full-blown lies
Nick finds himself “on Gatsby’s side, and alone.”
Nick is a man of principles and integrity
The shallowness of the party people took every opportunity to be at Gatsby’s house, drinking his liquor, eating his food, and enjoying his hospitality, but abandon him at the end
Henry Gatz seems overly impressed with his son’s possessions showing a superficiality that’s similar to Gatsby’s former party guests
Apparently Gatz, like so many others, measured Gatsby’s merit not on the type of man he was, but on his possessions
“Hopalong Cassidy” a famous Western adventure comic book series owned by Gatsby when he was young
The book is significant in that it helps explain where Gatsby’s dreamer spirit came from
Nick leaves the East back to the Midwest where morality and kindness still exist
In the end, Jordan tells Nick that he is the first man who has ever broken up with her, tells him she is engaged to someone else, and called Nick deceitful and dishonest
Tom felt no remorse when he told Wilson who owned the car because he was “entirely justified,” leading Nick to the apt conclusion that Tom and Daisy were “careless people,” using people like objects, until they no longer serve a purpose, then they discard them and move on
The green light at the end of the book represents the hopes and dreams of society

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