The chauffeur — he was one of Wolfsheim’s proteges — heard the shots — afterward he could only say that he hadn’t thought anything much about them.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter VIII) on Rap Genius


I believe this to be one of the central questions of the Great Gatsby that isn’t debated enough; Who killed Gatsby? We are lead to believe that it was George, Myrtle’s devastated husband. Tom told him that it was Gatsby who was driving the car, and he leapt to the conclusion that Gatsby killed her. However, previous to this, Meyer Wolfsheim convinced Gatsby to fire his entire household staff and replace them with Wolfsheim’s people. Was this so that Wolfsheim could keep a watchful eye over Gatsby? So that he could have his ‘inside’ men literally inside Gatsby’s home? If you heard gunshots coming from the back yard of the house, surely you would investigate this; surely your response wouldn’t be to not think “anything much about them”. Perhaps Wolfsheim orchestrated Gatsby’s death, and in a fortuitous turn of events, George’s rage made it that the obvious conclusion was that George killed Gatsby and then turned his gun upon himself. And if it was indeed George Wilson who killed Gatsby, who gave him the gun; a gun so sophisticated that it was able to kill Gatsby without puncturing the mattress he floated on. Surely George couldn’t afford a gun of this kind.. But Tom Buchanan could?

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