How Does Nick Leave Gatsby?


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In the final pages of "The Great Gatsby," Nick leaves Gatsby after finding him dead and then holding a brief funeral for him. Gatsby is shot by George Wilson, who believes Gatsby is the one who killed his wife, Myrtle. Daisy was driving Gatsby's car and was responsible for Myrtle's death, but Gatsby decides to take the blame. After killing Gatsby, George kills himself.

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"The Great Gatsby" was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. The story is narrated by Nick, a recent graduate of Yale who moves to Long Island. He moves into the house next door to a reclusive millionaire named Jay Gatsby. After several months, Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's notorious parties.

At the party, Nick and Gatsby learn that the two of them served in World War I together. Nick also finds out that Gatsby is in love with Nick's cousin Daisy Buchanan, who is married to Tom Buchanan, Nick's friend from college. Nick is also introduced to Myrtle Wilson, who is Tom's mistress. Eventually, Daisy and Gatsby engage in an affair. Tom becomes suspicious of their relationship and confronts Gatsby, who is with Daisy at the Plaza Hotel. Myrtle's death occurs when Tom and Nick are driving back to Long Island after confronting Gatsby.

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