Essay on Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby '

1052 Words Dec 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Lies and Fortune
Mahli Strasser
Junior Composition: Orange 2

Is living a fake life of fame and fortune worth the pain of living and keep up with all of the lies? Many of the characters in the novel, The Great Gatsby, face this question. The characters must make challenging decisions to decide if all of the lies are worth the suffering or should they just live a normal life. Throughout the book many of the characters lie and cheat. Even though each character cheats in his or her own way, they all do it for the same reason which is to be wealthy and have a high social class. The theme for this novel is, sometimes it is worse to live a life full of lies and riches than to live a life full of normality. Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Unfortunately, when Jay and Daisy first met, he was poor and Daisy didn’t want to marry him. In order to win Daisy, Gatsby had to be rich. Gatsby had to lie to keep his illegal way of earning his riches a secret. Gatsby even lies about his past. On page 65 Nick says, “…and I knew why Jordan Baker believed he was lying. He hurried the phrase “educated at Oxford” or swallowed it, or choked on it…” Gatsby lied about his family, childhood, and education. Gatsby even lied about his name, which is actually James Gatz, so Daisy wouldn’t find out about his poor past. He had to lie and cheat about everything just to get his dream girl. Throughout the book, many of the people at the…

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