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The Façade Of Those Who Seem To Have It All

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Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fiztgerald and the poem, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar the reader can truly understand the facade of those who seem to have it all. In the novel Daisy Buchanan, a prominent character, acts like she has no clue what is going on. Similarly, Jay Gatsby, the hero, puts up an amazing front to hide who he does not want to be from himself and others. An acute comparison can be made between these two literary works because Daisy pretends to be a fool and Gatsby hides behind a façade to fool himself and others.
Throughout the novel the reader see’s Daisy as this innocent character that knows what her husband, Tom Buchanan, and his ...view middle of the document...

The poem also relates to Jay Gatsby’s mysterious life. Gatsby did not reveal himself to many people and because of that the rumors started to fly. In the apartment in New York Nick reveals that he lives next door to Gatsby in West egg, Myrtle’s sister Catherine responds by saying, “Well, they say he’s a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm’s. That’s where all his money comes from” (Fitzgerald 32). This is just one of the few rumors about Gatsby throughout the novel, but Gatsby never puts an end to them. Instead he just lets it go and lets people think what they want of him. This relates to the lines in the poem, “Beneath our feet, and long the mile; / but let the world dream other-wise” (Laurence Dunbar 13-14). These lines mean that people should not care about what others think and should let them believe what they want because they know who they are as a person and that is all that matters. Gatsby never put an end to the rumors; he never cared what anyone thought besides Daisy. He knew who he was and was the person he wanted to be, even if he made himself up. Therefore, the poem relates to what people think of Gatsby.
Lastly, Gatsby portrays the idea of wearing a mask with all the things he does to make himself seem more appealing to himself. It is revealed in the story that “James Gatz- that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby did not like the fact that he came from a poor family in North Dakota, he saw himself as bigger than that. He saw himself as “a...

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