"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.


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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