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Lies And Secrets: A Theme Over Great Gatsby

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“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind,” a quote from Cassandra Clare for the Clockwork Prince. This paper is about how secrets can have away of coming out in the end and hurting the people who keep them as well as the people around them. In the book The Great Gatsby there is constant evidence supporting my theme. In this paper deception and lies will be connected in the events of the story and showing the result of secrets.

In the story The Great Gatsby, the eyes of T.J. Eckleberg are mentioned throughout the book. It is said that those eyes see all the lies and secrets the characters are keeping and it ...view middle of the document...

Wilson kills Gatsby and then himself. That small cheating secret helps lead to deaths. It also brings a lot of sorrow for others who may have known Mr. Wilson’s wife and Gatsby.

Gatsby in the book is a very secretive man. He tells a very fishy story to Nick and if it is not quite believable he adds more info on top to make it believable. "I did, old sport," he said automatically, "but I lost most of it in the big panic – the panic of the war," found on page ninety. However, Nick does not believe that he is really telling the truth. In this book many people have come up with their own assumptions on what he does and who he is. “One time he killed a man who had found out that he was a nephew to Von Hindenberg and second cousin to the devil,” written on page sixty-one. Another assumption made by outsiders, “He’s a bootlegger,” said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers,” also on page sixty-one. Tom finds out that he was involved in an illegal business after he started to get suspicious. He tells Daisy about it and makes her a little uneasy and makes her storm out of the place. "I found out what your 'drug-stores' were." He turned to us and spoke rapidly. "He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores…” This quote is on page one hundred and thirty-three. If Gatsby did not keep those secrets Daisy would not second-guess him and maybe she would have been able to defend him. If that happened then obviously she wouldn’t have ran into Myrtle causing her death and then the panic of Mr. Wilson.

Gatsby also has this dream to be with Daisy that has been kept...

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