“Then came the war, old sport. It was a great relief, and I tried very hard to die, but I seemed to bear an enchanted life.
Gatsby viewed the war as a relief because he could take his mind off of the tragedy that just happened as well as take his anger out on the enemy. He was so miserable that he wanted to die, which explains alot about how he acts currently in the book. His mysteriousness and quietness are a result of the tragedy. He is traumatized, but seems to be blessed by God with an “enchanted life,” and therefore doesn’t die after his efforts in the war. This infers that there is something special about Gatsby.
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