Jay Gatsby The Magician Essay

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Jay Gatsby gives off the aura of magic throughout the novel from the first moment we meet him until his untimely demise at the hands of George Wilson. His life is just a web of clever lies and half-truths told to persuadable brains that keep the stories, rumors and lies alive with gossip. He hides himself behind lavish parties and changes in his identity in an attempt to fit into a world where he truly does not belong.
Gatsby follows a magician’s pattern by changing his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby. Essentially Jay Gatsby was his stage name in which his entire illusion of a life grew on. His entire life is a story, a stage act and in a way, his form of entertainment. Owl Eyes makes mention of it in the library, saying that he believes his life is a show, as he believed for a moment that not even Gatsby’s books were real. “Quote about books being just spines etc etc etc.” Owl Eyes does not put making an illusion of a full library as an act that would be below Gatsby.
Gatsby strives to belong in a class where he is truly an outsider looking in. He throws many extravagant parties, where only the richest and most important members of society seem to go. However, instead of socializing with his guests like a host might, he prefers to sit back, remain anonymous and observe the situation, a skill many magicians are known for Unlike many of the rich we encounter in the novel, Gatsby’s money was earned illegally through bootlegging. His reputation and his aura of being the “great” Gatsby are gone as soon as Tom announces this to everyone. “Insert quote from when Tom announces Gatsby’s illegal money making ways.” It is just as when you find out the secret to a magician’s trick; the surprise and joy seemed sucked out of the experience.
His illusion of a higher class however is not to gain fans, or advance himself politically, but to win the heart of Daisy Buchannan. He hopes the illusions will portray to Daisy that he is of equal class with her, which in turn...

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