The Lies Of Jay Gatsby Essay

1098 words - 5 pages

Lies are something everyone tries to do, but no one can pull them off as well as Jay

Gatsby in the story “The Great Gatsby” By F. Scott Fitzgerald. Through the novel, Jay

Gatsby explains the type of character he is, through his lies. Gatsby acts out to be a man who has

it all. The only item missing from Gatsby’s life is love. Love is the only true key to happiness

without it you are lost. Gatsby goes all out to be loved even if it means lying. Gatsby shows his

love, to the love of his life Daisy, who is in love with another man named Tom. Tom and Daisy

are married, but Tom is having an affair with another woman from “The Valley of Ashes” where this woman lives at the ...view middle of the document...

He explains how that’s all he wanted back as he said in this quote “The

modesty of the demand shook me. He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he

dispensed starlight to casual moths--so that he could come over some afternoon to a stranger's

garden” (71). Everything Gatsby does is to win back Daisy's love. He's thrown flashy massive

parties for five years in the hope that Daisy will show up at one. Which is pathetic, no man

should have waited that long to fall in love with a woman.

Gatsby is explained to be someone he isn’t in every story he tells someone about his life,

he’s known to be a liar and be a foolish man to get through things. The quote "Somebody told

me that he killed a man once." "It's more that he was a German spy during the war." "You look

at him sometimes when he thinks nobody's looking at him. I bet he killed a man." (43). Explains

that Just some of the rumors surrounding Gatsby and his immense wealth. Gatsby falls into the

category of Byronic hero, which he is shrouded in mystery, has a dark past, and is larger than life.

But the reason for Gatsby being the way he is, is cause of Daisy, he explains how long it’s been

since he has seen her and he didn’t want to see her till he was wealthy and could support her. :

“Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled

short of his dreams--not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.

It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative

passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way”

(87). The description of Gatsby's dream matches the description of everything he does, from his

parties to his automobile to his suits. Nick points out that the real Daisy cannot possibly live up

to the imagined Daisy, something Gatsby never admits....

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