literary analysis of the great gatsby chapter 7

Literary analysis of The Great Gatsby Chapter 7 is about getting an insight into one of the most spectacular novels from the 20s. This novel by F. Scott. Fitzgerald did not get specific importance as it received after many years of its publication. 

About Author 

F. Scott. Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and died in 1940. He was a short story writer, essayist, novelist, and screenwriter. Scott was a dropout from Princeton University. His notable works are The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, Six tales of the Jazz Age, and The side of paradise. 

Literary Analysis of The Great Gatsby Chapter 7

They all booked a suite at Plaza Hotel near Central Park, where Tom challenges Gatsby about his Oxford background. Gatsby passed his questions successfully after which Tom asked him straightly what kind of rift he is trying to create between him and Daisy. She tried to stop him from saying anything like that, but could not succeed. It all started something that Daisy never wanted to happen. The conflict between old and new money occurred between the two men.

Gatsby told everyone that Daisy never loved Tom rather she was always in love with him. Tom got furious over it, but Daisy endorsed this statement of Gatsby. It all turned out as if Gatsby’s hard work was paying off.
Tom being a cunning man asked Daisy about the time they spent together. Daisy admitted that she has loved Tom, but she love Gatsby as well. Gatsby was a bit shocked with all this as he thought that he was her only past.
Tom did not give up and revealed that Gatsby is a part of organised criminal activities. Daisy felt weird after hearing this and asked everyone to leave for home. Tom got his hint that he has won it, thus, he asked Daisy to go home with Jay. Some of the reality of Gatsby’s corrupted money was exposed and it made Daisy scared of all this.


While all this madness was going on, Nick suddenly remembered that it is his thirtieth birthday. He felt as if it was all the beginning of new crazy era. Nick was heading home in Tom’s car whereas, Gatsby and Daisy were in Gatsby’s car. Nick compared the personalities of Jordan and Daisy at that time. Nick’s mind felt as if he is going to the hole of death and it actually foreshadowed the death coming in future in the story. 

Now they are telling story from Michaelis’ perspective. He is a Greek man who has a coffee shop with Wilson’s garage. Michaelis is the main witness in this case when in the afternoon he saw Wilson feeling unwell in his office. Whereas, Myrtle was locked upstairs till they shift to the West as told by George Wilson. It was a dream of Wilson that he and Myrtle will move to West and things will get into his favour. 

Michaelis is the person who saw Myrtle fighting and shout over Wilson  and then running down the street. It was the time when she was hit by a light green car and died. The death of Myrtle was the point when every character’s Dream die along with it. 

The story is been told from Nick point of view where he, Tom, and Jordan arrives at Wilson’s garage. Tom and George were broken over death of Myrtle. Tom was doubtful that it was Gatsby’s car that hit Myrtle. The reason Myrtle ran into that car because she thought that it was Tom as he was driving this car in the afternoon. 

When Tom, Jordan, and Nick reaches to Buchanan house, Tom called a taxi for Nick. While waiting for taxi, Nick saw that someone is hiding in the bushes. It was Gatsby. He told him that Daisy was driving car and hit Myrtle. Though, he tried to stop the car, but could not do anything. He said that he will everything over himself and save Daisy. Gatsby was not much interested in what happened to Myrtle. He was hiding in the bushes because he was afraid that maybe Tom will harm Daisy. Just like every other old money, Daisy was also planning to hide behind Gatsby who wants to win her, no matter what. 

Nick check on Daisy from the window and saw that Tom and she was sitting on table, looks like things are settled between them. A thought crossed his mind where they were not unhappy yet not entirely happy either. Here, once again, Daisy chose to be with the security of Tom and left Gatsby behind just like she did when Jay went to war. 

Nick tells Gatsby that everything is fine inside, but he refuses to believe. Gatsby stands there ‘looking into nothing’. It seems like as if Gatsby is not ready to accept that his dream is incomplete, again. 

 

 

 

 

 

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