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The Sun, The Moon, And The Truth: Exploring The Theme In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha. In the book The Great Gatsby the theme is many people have something that they are not being completely honest about. In The Great Gatsby not everybody is telling the truth. Several people are hiding something, whether it is an affair or feelings toward someone. For example Tom was having an affair with Myrtle will he was married to Daisy. In this theme paper I will be showing a few examples of all the lying that happened in The Great Gatsby.
Tom had a couple big lies in the book The Great Gatsby. One was when he went behind Daisy’s back and had an affair with Myrtle. He also told Myrtle’s sister that they could not get a divorce because Daisy was Catholic. But another one of Tom’s lies was when he told George Wilson that it was Jay Gatsby driving that car and not Daisy. A result of this lie was Jay Gatsby’s death and that is why I think that it is so important. The quotation was found on page 140 and says: “Listen,” said Tom, shaking him a little. “I just got here a minute ago, from New York. I was bringing you that coupé we have been talking about. That yellow car I was driving this afternoon was not mine— do you hear? I have not seen it all afternoon.”
Jay Gatsby was a pretty big liar as well. He lied about where he went to school, he lied about his family and his childhood, and he lied about how he got his money. He lied to Daisy and everyone else about his past and how he grew up. He did this in order to impress Daisy because she would never marry a poor Minnesota boy like Jay Gatsby was. He wanted everyone to believe that he was the “American `Dream”. The quotation was found on page 98 and it is pretty much just a big speech that Nick is saying about all of the truths about Jay Gatsby. An example from the speech is about how Gatsby went to the small Lutheran college of St. Olaf’s in southern Minnesota instead of Oxford like he was telling everybody else. Gatsby had to lie in order to win what he wanted most, which was Daisy.
Myrtle also told a few lies herself. She thought that talking and acting high class it would make her high class. She acted like she was all that when she really was not at all. The quotation was found on page 36 and it says: “My dear,” she cried,...

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