It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.
While Nick and the servants are carrying Gatsby’s body into the house they notice Wilson’s dead body in the grass. The word “holocaust” is this sentence means “destructive fire” or “sacrifice,” hinting that the deaths of Gatsby and Wilson represent a sacrifice to the “old rich” (Daisy and Tom) by the “new rich” and the poor (Gatsby and Wilson).
The only people in the book that die are the poor, or the working class people, who do so in order so that the rich may continue to live the way they do. This is shown by Tom and Daisy leaving town unaffected by the events that have occurred. Fitzgerald uses this to relate to the uneven distribution of wealth that persisted in the 1920’s when “The Great Gatsby” was written.
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