Great Gatsby: The Power Of Belief

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Neil Nandwani
Coach Neuman
American Lit
8/21/15
The Power of Belief “Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away”-(Brainy Quote). In this Quote, I think Ismail Haniyeh is trying to say that you can cover something up for a while, but eventually the truth always comes out. I feel that the “great” Gatsby is a an imposter or in other words the great pretender. Nick also feels that Gatsby is an imposter. In the beginning Nick believes that Gatsby is great only because Gatsby was able to change identities, Gatsby’s determination for Daisy, and all that Gatsby has achieved throughout his life. The first way Nick feels Gatsby is
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Gatsby throws lavish parties, rides fancy cars, but he lies about how he got it. He says that he has been rich his entire life, and that he inherited the money from his family. The way Gatsby really got his money was when Gatsby was working for a man named Cody, and when he died Cody’s mistress did not allow Gatsby to get 25,000 dollars from the will. That is when Gatsby decided no matter what, he would become a rich and sucessful man. One day Gatsby picks Nick up for lunch and tells him “God’s honest truth” as Gatsby put it about his life and how he became rich . “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West-all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated in Oxford, because all my ancestors had been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition”.(Fitzgerald 71) After Gatsby finished talking Nick remembered that Jordan Baker thought Gatsby was lying, and Nick even thought there was something fishy going on. To prove Gatsby was not lying, he showed nick a picture of him in Oxford holding a cricket bat. Nick then learns that Gatsby was actually poor, he did not attend Oxford, and he grew up in North Dakota when a reporter comes into town and interviews

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