The Great Gatsby Deception Essay

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In the award winning novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald draws us to each chapter with agony and deception of achieving the American dream. While the American Dream can be achieved by anyone, that doesn 't mean that it will be free of lies, rumors, and corruption. Gatsby, who is the main character, has unknowingly achieved the American Dream. Gatsby was born into poverty which led him to this “dream”; Gatsby fell in love with Daisy Buchanan who loved him as well, but because of his social and wealth status could not be with him emotionally or physically. Gatsby went into war trusting that Daisy would be waiting for him, but soon finding out that she had moved on. Moved on to a wealthier man, a man who could buy her things, take care of her …show more content…
Mr. Jay Gatsby is not even Mr. Jay Gatsby, his real name is James Gatz. In chapter seven agony begins to pour after Mrs. Wilson was struck by Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is seen waiting by the fence of the Buchanan’s house and as Nick goes to pull out he stops and asks Gatsby what he is doing and with a simple rely Gatsby says, “ I’m just going to wait here and see if he tries to bother her about that unpleasantness this afternoon.”(pg.145.) This is a very ironic situation. If Gatsby is so worried about what could happen to Daisy then he should have thought of these possibilities before he tried to achieve this dream, before going off on Tom about Daisy being in love with him. Gatsby is quite selfish in this book, by not thinking of others and not planning out what could or couldn’t go wrong in this plan to win his love back. Gatsby also lacks common sense majorly especially in this chapter by letting Daisy drive while she was having a mental breakdown and obviously distraught. But Gatsby’s mind was elsewhere. His mind was in the long day-dreaming mode that played Daisy and him being together and she leaving Tom. Of course that is why he has been decorating his house in her favorite color, showing off his expensive items, and giving her exactly what she wants. By doing those things he strongly believes that he will gain her love back …show more content…
Gatsby does not get close to people during his parties, he does not become over the top friendly toward others, and he is hiding the truth from people who he cares for; Daisy. When around certain people Gatsby puts an act on for the particular person. Like when he is with Daisy he is more caring, selfless, and is gentler. While with Tom he is less gentle and caring, he is confident and acts in an “I’m better than you” attitude, and more aggressive like in some parts. But when he is with Nick he is a mix of confident and kind, treating nick more like he would Daisy. Although he is kind to Nick and Daisy he still does not tell them the truth they rightfully deserve. Gatsby does not understand the concept of honestly in friendship. It is possible that everyone wears a mask; dark or light. But not all have to wear the mask to gain friendship and love form a significant other. “We wear the mask that grins and lies, it hides our cheeks and hides our eyes, - and with torn and bleeding hearts we smile, beneath our feet, and long the mile; but let the world dream otherwise.” (Source L). This poem is a well put demonstration of how Gatsby is acting in the book. Not only is he putting a mask on for the dream, but he is not even doing it the right way. If one shall wear a hiding mask than they must be hiding dark secrets of the past, or holding something deep inside. Not lying because of love, because of

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