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Façade And Lies: A Theme In F. Scott Fitzgerald´S The Great Gatsby

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“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said this and this quote has greatly influenced the theme statement for this paper. The theme statement for this paper on the Great Gatsby is some people are willing to put up a false façade in order to become something they think is better and they lose their true selves in the long run. This paper will go through three examples of putting up a false façade. First the paper will go through Jay Gatsby, ...view middle of the document...

Gatsby doesn’t actually construct these fabrications nor does he deny them. Someone may feel that he doesn’t really care if anyone believes the lies that he comes up with, how ever exaggerated and untrue the falsehoods he creates. One may feel that he would rather become something that he could never be instead of the indigent Minnesota boy he used to be.

Similarly to Jay Gatsby putting up a front, at the parties everyone acts like the person they want to be seen as. Most people were not actually invited to the party in the first place as you see in the quote on page 41 "I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been requested to attend the party. People were not invited they went there.” The narrator, or Nick Carraway in this case, speculates about how almost no one is actually invited to Gatsby’s superb parties they just show up because they think that if they show up they will seem high class because they are socializing with the élite citizens of New York City around the West Egg area. People go to these parties and act like they belong there because they feel like they have to in order to be or become classified as part of the elites. The book shows another example of this on page 43 where Lucille says, “I like to come; I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair and he asked me for my name and address and inside a week I got a package from Croiries’s with a new evening gown in it.” This shows just how the people don’t care what they do at the parties as long as they are there and socializing.
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