Illusion And Reality In The Great Gatsby

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Dictionary.com defines illusion as something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality. Reality is then what it really is. Illusion and reality are therefore correlated and the difference between the two is the correlation that we can also call distortion. How and why can people sometime use false representation to distort the truth? The Great Gatsby is an amazing novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald in which most of the main characters are all “illusionist”. Jay Gatsby, and Meyer Wolfshiem know very well how to use illusion to twist reality in order to reach their goal.

Jay Gatsby throughout the novel does everything he can to persuade the world that he belongs to the upper class of the society. In the desire of convincing
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The reality is all different from what he makes people consume about himself and his background. The mysterious so called The Great Gatsby is a farm boy from a poor family in North Dakota and his real name at birth was James Gatz. He lived in poverty all his life. The janitorial job was the only job he was forced to do in order to pay his tuition for school. He felt miserable while living in that poor condition. Gatsby felt that he had to get rich as soon as possible, as earlier as he could, by any means. He probably knew that the older he gets, the less chance he will have to make fortune and fulfill his dream. It is probably in the same order of idea that Sara Rimer cites on the behalf of Will Murphy, a student of Ms Moon’s class: “Getting rich seems so far out of the picture, everybody thinks about it, but the older you get, the less possible it seems.” Working for a millionaire made him dedicate his life to the achievement of wealthy at any cost. He then decided to be part of organized crimes and made his fortune through criminal activities. He made his money bootlegging illegal liquor with the help of Meyer Wolfshein, as Fitzgerald cites: “he and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over …show more content…
The reason is his love for Daisy. Indeed, in the past, Gatsby fell in love with Daisy, a materialist lady and he was willing to do whatever it was possible to do to get her back even though he knew that she was now married to someone else. The fact that Gatsby had a miserable life was unsupportable for him. He was ready to do anything to get a social position he estimated necessary to win Daisy again since he had lied to her in the past about his background in order to convince her that he was good enough for her. His acquisition of millions of dollars into illicit activities, the purchase of an ostentatious mansion on West Egg right next to her house, and the costly parties every Saturday night was meant to captivate her attention and get her back. James Gatz just thought the new name Jay Gatsby will fit very well into the new personality since he badly wanted to break up completely with his past and the his love one’s heart back. Despite Gatsby delimited intention to get Daisy’s heart back by any means, he couldn’t get it since he had already lost that chance in the past. Furthermore, the author of the novel himself does not believe in a second chance in America, as Jeff Nilson intervenes to say about Fitzgerald : “It was in this spirit that Fitzgerald wrote one of his most frequently quoted lines: “There are no second acts in American lives.”” The insane desire

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