This chapter looks at the endings of Gatsby and Tender, comparing and contrasting their style and significance and considering how each ending reconfigures the narrative which precedes it and reinforces, amplifies and clarifies key themes. In each ending, a dramatized scene involving two characters which refers back to major elements of the earlier narrative is followed by a concluding commentary. The first passages for analysis are these dramatized scenes, and the two final passages are the concluding commentaries which bring both novels to an end — though leaving many questions reverberating in the reader’s mind. We begin with Nick’s chance meeting with Tom Buchanan in Fifth Avenue.
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