Essay on The Great Gatsby And Lying

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The Great Gatsby and Lying
“Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known,” (59). Nick Caraway states this; Nick narrates The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nick can be referring to the main characters in The Great Gatsby, who F. Scott Fitzgerald has portrayed them with a theme of lying. The main characters watch problems evolve, and tragedies develop over time due to their necessity to lie to one another. Because of their lies, Jay Gatsby ends up in trouble, we are introduced to him as a liar, and find out even the way he obtained his wealth is a lie. Daisy Buchanan feels guilty because of the secrets she begins to keep. Tom Buchanan is content with his way of lying and cheating with Myrtle Wilson. Finally, Nick Caraway believes he is an honest person, not caught up with lies, while everyone he associates with lies constantly.
When first formally introduced to Jay Gatsby, the author allows the reader to learn about him by the talk of others. When Nick, his neighbor, receives a formal invitation to one of his extravagant parties, he hears rumors from many of the other guests. “He killed a man once… He was a German spy during the war… He was in the American Army,” (62), these are lies heard at the beginning of the party. Not even introduced to Gatsby yet, the reader observes different stories from guests who may not even have known him, because everyone in West or…

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