The Great Gatsby Deception Analysis

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The Great Gatsby Essay In The Great Gatsby there is a major theme of deception and dishonesty. Two of the characters that display deception and dishonesty well is, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is an indescribable character in this novel; Fitzgerald lets the reader to guess and to make assumptions about Gatsby only revealing the truth towards the end of the novel. Before being introduced to the great Jay Gatsby it is suggested to the reader about Gatsby that, “…He’s a nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm’s. That’s where all his money comes from” (page 35). As well, before the character appears rumors circulate about him, “He killed a man once… He was a German spy during the war… He was in the American Army.” Gatsby’s trail of deception…show more content…
Through having her affair with Gatsby she begins lying to her husband. In chapter seven, Gatsby is having drinks at Daisy and Tom’s home, as Tom leaves the room daisy kisses Gatsby and proclaims, “I don’t care!” (Page 111). She is saying this of her love for Gatsby and that she does not care who knows. This is not only a lie she tells the others but a lie she tells to herself. Later on in chapter seven there is a conflict involving Tom, Daisy and Gatsby. Gatsby encourages Daisy to tell Tom she never loved him, which she had most likely lied to Gatsby about earlier. She unwillingly replies, “I never loved him.” (page 126). Rethinking that answer she soon after takes that back saying that she did love both Tom and Gatsby. Although she has lied to them both, it is more likely that this is a lie she is telling herself. The result of her dishonesty to her husband and lover as well as her dishonesty towards herself reveals to the reader that as well Daisy’s deception is rooted from her shame. As a woman of the 1920’s a divorce or an affair would be quite shameful. However differing from Gatsby it can be said of Daisy that she lied based on her own confusion as well as shame, her marriage was quite messy and as a result she was lost and through her affair her mind became more clouded. She did not only lie out of shame but also because she was so unsure of herself that she was unaware of the things that she really
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