What Is the Last Line of The Great Gatsby?

An opened book on top of a desk in a library

The last line of The Great Gatsby reads:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in 1925. The story follows wealthy money-man Jay Gatsby who pursues a life of riches and luxuries, but ultimately suffers from a great unhappiness. The last line of The Great Gatsby is a quick reflection of Jay Gatsby’s past life, before he dreamed up a big life of money.

Julia Quade
Julia is a Web Content Writer for The Stake, where she is responsible for researching current topics and writing reviews and relevant blog posts. In 2017, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in Magazine Editing. She currently resides in St. Louis.