What Is A Great Lie In The Great Gatsby

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Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, revolved around the rich and successful upper class. The lavish and extraordinary lifestyle from elegant brunches to madcap parties, this was what it was like to live in high society during the roaring twenties. The wealthy inhabitants of Long Island were divided into two peninsulas called the Eggs. East Egg was home to old money residents who inherited their wealth and were born into the higher social strata. West Egg represented the nouveau riche, who made their wealth on their own and joined a higher class. Starting from nothing and finally joining the upper class would be living the true American dream. Gatsby was chasing an impractical version of the American dream because he thought he could …show more content…
If a life was based on a lie, then everything that was formed because of it was not honest and would never truly work out. As David Parker describes, “The everyday is unreal for him; reality is what he has discovered through his dreams.” (Parker) His life was a series of dreams and accomplishments fulfilled under a false identity, hoping to find what was really meaningful to him. Gatsby could never find true happiness unless he told the truth about his past and left his lies behind. Gatsby’s fault was that he could not stop, each lie was followed by another. His creativity knew no bounds and nothing was there to stop or contradict what he said. Nick was confirms this about Gatsby when he says, “He had thrown himself into it with creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can store up in his ghostly heart” (95). Whenever Gatsby saw an opportunity, he took it and used it to its full potential, all adding up to the wonderful life he created for himself. Gatsby finally had everything he could ever need except for the one thing he could not live without. Gatsby was willing to do anything for Daisy, which eventually cost him his …show more content…
He managed to achieve great things such as wealth and prosperity but what he wanted most was something he could not have. After Gatsby’s death, his life unraveled, showing the meaning of his life to others. The only person who was there for him was Nick because no one else cared about Gatsby’s life. None of the people who idealized Gatsby or attended his parties were there for him. Gatsby’s only true relationship was with Nick, because he was the only one who knew the real truth. Daisy turned her back on Gatsby because she was protecting herself and didn 't care enough about Gatsby to stay long enough to attend the funeral. The American dream that Gatsby was chasing inevitably led to his demise because what he was looking for was something that he could not have. Gatsby never realized this, leading him down an endless path to his somber

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