After Gatsby’s death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes’ power of correction
In this passage, Nick returns to the Midwest because he wants, as he said in Chapter 1,
after experiencing society in the East. He is tired of the corruption and superficiality that accompany wealth and success. After Gatsby’s death, Nick can’t find any redeeming qualities or aspects in the East, prompting his return home to what he views as the more upright and virtuous Midwest.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “The Great Gatsby (Chapter IX)” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and leave a comment on the lyrics box