One of the literary themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gastsby" is irony. Irony is very much present in this story, but is most present when Gatsby is shot in his pool. The reason this is ironic is because throughout the whole movie Gatsby talks about swimming but never does until the end, and when he finally takes a dip, it is where his life is ended. Irony is used in this story to make not only the ending but the whole story much more intriguing for the reader. It was obvious Gatsby had been shot when the reader read "The chauffeur- he was one of Wolfsheims's proteges- heard the shots". This ending was an ironic one, no one expected to find the Great Gatsby lying in a pool of his own blood.