Blasphemy In The Great Gatsby

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"I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream." -Bruce Springsteen. F. Scott Fitzgerald even brilliantly combines the golden age and bible teachings to portray this message that, the American Dream of getting rich is far from the reality of how people actually get rich, in his novel The Great Gatsby. But Unfortunately as the story goes on, we begin to see that F. Scott Fitzgerald commits blasphemy and compares one of his deceitful characters to Jesus Christ, a man who never sinned.

The American Dream changed Gatsby because Gatsby thought he could “buy” Daisy’s love. The only reason he wanted Daisy was that she symbolized wealth and took on the characteristics of money. When Gatsby was describing what he liked about Daisy he tells us "Her voice is full of money" (page 127). Gatsby felt as though because Daisy was a woman corrupted by the American dream he himself needed to be wealthy and thought he needed to have an enormous mansion filled with parties to impress Daisy enough to
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Scott Fitzgerald committed blasphemy when he compared the two because Gatsby is a sinner.
“No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.”‭‭-Psalms‬ ‭101:7‬ The Lord teaches us in this verse that one should not be deceitful or lie. Gatsby is a liar, for instance Gatsby says that he graduated from Oxford " 'I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.’"(Page 70) But later we find out that Gatsby lied about receiving an Oxford education "‘It was an opportunity they gave to some of the o cers a er the Armistice,’ he continued. "‘We could go to any of the universities in England or France.’" (Page

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