Gatsby Dishonesty Quotes

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Chapter One * The novel begins with the narrator, Nick Carraway, recounting about what his father had once told him, and saying that he is “inclined to reserve all judgments,” and that he had met this man named Gatsby, who “represented everything for which I [Gatsby] have an unaffected scorn,” and had, at the end “Gatsby turned out alright.” He then says that it was the “foul dust” that floated in the “wake of his [Gatsby’s] dreams” that made the narrator feel closed out from the interests of the “sorrows” and “elations of man.” With this, our narrator launches into the story. After his service in World War I, the narrator moved from his Midwest roots (namely Chicago) to the island of West Egg, in New York. Carraway reveals that the…show more content…
Shows the dishonesty many people had at the time in order to gain a high status and to attain wealth. Best—None Worst—her dishonesty and her tendency to lie. Her role is to mainly represent the type of woman that were prominent at the time—she is boyish, self-centered, and very rather arrogant. * “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known”-Page 53. This is important as it shows Nick’s confidence in his individual cardinal value and throughout the novel we, as the reader, depend on him for unbiased facts. * Symbols “On a chance we tried an important-looking door, and walked into a high Gothic library, panelled with carved English oak, and probably transported complete from some ruin overseas.”-Shows Gatsby’s attempt to make himself seem like a highly educated man, but this is all pretence as he could not have read all these books without cutting out the pages. “Instead of rambling, this party had preserved a dignified homogeneity, and assumed to itself the function of representing the staid nobility of the country-side — East Egg condescending to West Egg, and carefully on guard against its spectroscopic gayety.”-Shows that although there is a difference in status between East and West Egg, this is all neglected when they come to this…show more content…
* The ash heap The ash heap represents the industrial wasteland of the States, at the time, and provides a direct contrast with the lavish lifestyle in which Gatsby and Tom live in. This shows the diversity that was present in society at the time. * The green light This color is used extensively throughout the novel and is used to represent all of Gatsby’s dream, and in particular, the dream of attaining Daisy. Also, the distance between Gatsby and the light is both great, and small, and this is used to highlight how close Gatsby is to Daisy, and yet, he cannot possibly reach her love completely, and this is evident in the end when Daisy simply shows her selfishness. * East versus West Egg There is a distinct difference between the norms of society between East and West Egg, and this shows the contrast of the lives of the major characters in the novel. In one of these, wealth is attained through inheritance, whereas in the other, wealth is attained through hard work, and the wealthy people there are mostly the nouvue riche. * Gatsby’s career/Nick’s

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