How does the ending shape your overall interpretation of the novel? What theme/s stand out to you? Speculate on why this work is an American Classic that is still studied and remembered
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I think the ending shapes the very noir aspect of the novel's ultimate truths about the characters and American culture of the period. Nick hates the people around him. They are vacuous self-indulgent ghosts of real people. Although thousands of people attended Gatsby’s parties and enjoyed his hospitality, none, including Daisy, will attend Gatsby's funeral. Nick sums these ideas best near the end of the novel when he tells Gatsby, "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." Gatsby makes his fortune through an elaborate bootlegging operation. This is essentially the American dream, rags to riches. The ability to transcend one's humble lot in life and achieve a lifestyle envied by most of the population. The irony lies in the fact that Gatsby's life was largely an illusion. The superficial achievement of the American Dream gives Gatsby no fulfillment, no real joy and peace.