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The Great Gatsby

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The Rotten Crowd

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As Nick leaves Gatsby for the last time, he calls back to him. “They’re a rotten crowd…You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”

Why is this statement, at this time ironic?

A

Gatsby has been seeking Nick’s approval all summer, and he finally offers it when Gatsby least expects it.

B

Gatsby has just finished telling Nick what wonderful people he thinks Daisy and Tom are, and how he aspires to be more like them.

C

Gatsby has decided to run away and hide from the police investigation that will surely follow the accident. This is hardly courageous or honorable behavior.

D

In the last twenty four hours Nick has learned all about Gatsby’s past, including his humble beginnings, his involvement in a criminal organization, and the false pretenses under which he met Daisy.

E

Daisy has called and asked Nick to leave Gatsby’s house immediately because they can’t associate with him any longer.