Jay Gatsby's Illusions in Fitzgerald’s American classic "The Great Gatsby"

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In life, what we perceive tends to show misconception in how the thought plays out. A good example would be the character Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic: The Great Gatsby. Gatsby was unable to distinguish between his love for Daisy, a reality, versus the illusion that he could recapture her love by establishing and inventing a fraudulent past. He believed he could repeat the past, and acquire a flaunting wealth. In the novel, Jay Gatsby seems incompetent in establishing a difference between the realities of his life versus the illusion he made out.

Gatsby’s more obvious illusion in the novel is his love he possess for Daisy Buchanan and thinking he has the ability to draw her away from her husband. The fire sparked between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan was sparked when Gatsby was a young military officer in Louisville before he left to fight in World War I. Gatsby fell for the aura of luxury, grace, and charm that Daisy possessed. To confirm this illusion further, it was necessary for Gatsby to lie about his past in order to gather an attraction from ...

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