A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams And The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Albert Einstein once stated, “Reality is merely an illusion. Albeit a very persistent one.” What does this imply? Is Einstein’s view authentic? Illusory natures and the concealment of a person’s true identity are often evidenced in modern literature and even through our personal lives. This idea is clearly illustrated in both A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lead protagonists, Blanche Dubois and Jay Gatsby, in both texts put on a façade. Their illusive natures are depicted through their personal possessions (important literary symbols), mysterious pasts and even through literary devices that the authors use.
Firstly, both protagonists own distinct possessions that conceal their true identity. Gatsby’s possessions include his library which contains an array of books and his Rolls-Royce (omnibus). These objects are deceptive because they conceal his real identity. As The Owl-Eyed man notes, “It’s a bona fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop too – didn’t cut the pages.” (Fitzgerald 50). This asserts that Gatsby never read his books. They are an “illusion” created to distort reality. They are merely there for show because Gatsby wants to appear sophisticated to prove that he is an “Oxford man”. The Owl-Eyed man is impressed by this and further comments that he’s like Belasco, this is a literary allusion, who was…

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