I wanted to get somebody for him. I wanted to go into the room where he lay and reassure him: “I’ll get somebody for you, Gatsby. Don’t worry. Just trust me and I’ll get somebody for you——”
Carraway shows how much empathy he has for Gatsby. He knows how desperate and lonely Gatsby was in his life. Since Gatsby confided in him before, Carraway feels he is somehow responsible for finding someone who cared about Gatsby. He wants to prove to Gatsby (and perhaps to himself) that he did not work for nothing and was not alone in the world.
In a tragic way, it seems appropriate that no one else is there for Gatsby at the end. The only people who come to Gatsby’s funeral are the people who believed in him, his “realness,” and the power of his dream in life. While Daisy loved him, her eagerness to take the easy way out must in some part counteract any need to be there. Owl-Eyes, Mr. Gatz, and Nick Carraway are the only people who could be at Gatsby’s funeral and be genuinely sorry.
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