Defined by a book of current literary terms, a climax is "the arrangement
of a series of ideas or expressions in ascending order of importance or
emphasis; the last term of the arrangement; a culmination." Written by F.
Scott Fitzgerald during the roaring 20's, The Great Gatsby provides a look into
the upper class circle of the East and West Villages of New York City. Known as
East and West Egg in the novel, Fitzgerald, through the eyes of bachelor,
portrays a cynical view of the high social society and the morality which it
lacks. This scarcity of ethics ultimately causes the downfall of their hollow
world in a clatter of broken hearts and mislead minds. The climax of The Great
Gatsby takes place in a New York Hotel suite when, after many hints toward the
reason for Gatsby's company, the true nature of his presence is revealed to Tom
Buchanan. Ever since Jay Gatsby returned from World War I, which swept him away
from his boyhood love Daisy, he has made every indirect effort to make contact
and rekindle her love for him. Even with the knowledge that she is married and
leads a separate life from his, Gatsby, without regrets, lives his life for her.
When, at long last, he has the chance to interact with Daisy, he capitalizes on
it immediately. With the assistance of Jordan Baker and his neighbor Nick
Carraway (Daisy's second cousin), Gatsby arranges a meeting with Daisy. At this
meeting the two hearts are reunited and again would be one, if not for the plate
glass barrier of Daisy's marriage to Tom Buchanan which separates them.
Originally held apart by a young boys' ineptitude to provide for a wealthy girl,
Daisy is now held back by a seemingly insincere knot of matrimony. This keeps
the all important bonds of love to be formed between the two former lovers. Tom,
a wealthy man with family history, is enlightened to the existence of this
perennial relationship in a slow weave of events which explode into the climax
of the novel in a New York Hotel Room during a visit by Jay Gatsby. The spark
that ignites the climax tinder box is a question posed by Tom to Gatsby.
"'What kind of a row are you trying to cause in my house anyhow?' They were
out in the open at last and Gatsby was content." The openness further shows
itself as the scene quickly progresses into an blitzkrieg of words, the opposing
forces Tom and Gatsby. "I've got something to tell you, old sport,__"
began Gatsby. But Daisy guessed at his intention. "Please don't!" she