"The holocaust was complete"

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"It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete."

The use of the word holocaust is interestingly used here. The fact that three men were killed in a span of two days, and let's not forget about Myrtle.. Fitzgerald certainly keeps the reader excited to see what happens.

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Note that the word is not capitalized, and note the year it was written. What can we gather about what this word might have meant to Fitzgerald's original readers?

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