Lies In The Great Gatsby

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In his novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells a tragedy of a young millionaire Gatsby of West Egg trying to chase back his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. The book is set in 1920’s American society, which is called the “Jazz Age” because the economy was booming and people were earning money tirelessly and blindly. The main character, Jay Gatsby, is a tycoon who gains a fortune by bootlegging at that time. As a criminal, he fakes his background, boasts about his experiences and throws parties ostentatiously. The narrater Nick Caraway shows his dislike toward Gatsby: “who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn”(2).It means that Gatsby has characteristics that Nick hates. However he contracts himself: “There was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of …show more content…

He also lies to Nick: “ ‘I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West — all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.’ He looked at me sideways — and I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was lying.”(65) Gatsby’s clumsy lies shows that he is eager to be seen as a noble “old money” instead of a coarse “new money” by others.Also, an owl-eyed man at a Gatsby party discovered secrets about Gatsby’s books in his library:”See!” he cried triumphantly. "It's a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too – didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?’ ”(45) Gatsby tries to show himself as an educated man. However, though he tries every means to fake his background and where his money comes from, people still looks him as a rich clown. “ ‘I didn’t hear it. I imagined it. A lot of these newly rich

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