How does Fitzgerald tell the story in Chapter 9 of ‘The Great Gatsby’?
In the final Chapter of ‘The Great Gatsby’, the reoccurring theme of the ‘American Dream’ is continued, although in a perverse and inverted fashion, the ugly side revealed even more so than during the previous chapter. The central character of this chapter is Gatsby – even though he is deceased – his function in the story is still important. Gatsby himself has been a mainstay of the supposed ideals of the American Dream – he has money most can only dream of, any possessions he desires, no need to work and also being charismatic and popular, although the latter attribute is the main focus of this chapter.
At the beginning of chapter 9, Nick Carraway informs the reader upon the impact that Gatsby’s death and the ‘holocaust’-like aftermath of it has had upon him, through the quote "After two years," then, "I remember the rest of that day, and that night, and the next day". The days he is referring to are the ones after Gatsby’s demise – and how there was an endless flow of reports and policemen flocking to the mansion, creating a twisted, parodical version of his famed parties. However, it could be also considered not a parody, since the policemen and such care as much about Gatsby as his party-goers did beforehand – the sad truth of Gatsby’s life and the ‘American Dream’ as a whole.
Nick, revealing his respect for Gatsby that has developed over the summer – showing character development throughout the story – worries that the reporters swarming the house care not about Gatsby and simply wish to turn his tragic death into a best-selling headline, filling their story with whispered rumours and degrading lies. Worse than this, Nick finds that nobody seems to be trying to validate or dismiss the rumours that are surrounding Gatsby’s death, finding himself alone as Gatsby’s only true friend – Klipspringer has shown that he only dealt with Gatsby in order to leech from him, Daisy has moved on,...