Appearance Vs. Reality In The Great Gatsby

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Looks are deceiving when it comes to appearance versus reality. Things are not always as they appear to be in real life. To many human beings, wealth can be mistaken as happiness and happiness can be mistaken as wealth. People become obsessed with the idea that along with wealth brings carefree happiness. However, ironically this can lead to ones failure. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the misperception between appearance versus reality is thoroughly demonstrated throughout the whole novel. We meet certain characters such as Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan who all paint us a vivid picture of what it is like to be living in close geological quarters, but are ranked differently in society. Fitzgerald describes New York as two separated locations, East Egg and West Egg. Although they are geographically close, they differ in respect to morality, happiness and values. These factors are expressed through the characters which overall contribute to the theme of contrast within a society.
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In the time period that The Great Gatsby takes place; the values of a citizen of New York singly depended on the appearance of one another. The difference between West Egg and East Egg became more prominent as ‘old’ money and ‘new’ money. As a citizen of West Egg, Nick Carraway describes it as “the well less fashionable of the two” (14). This indicates that the location of where one lived was a key dictator of the appearance of a person living in the 1920’s. Gatsby was viewed as a less classy man and was classified as impure based on the fact that he lived in West Egg. This differs in respect to Tom Buchanan who was perceived as a ‘golden man’ who was posh and upmarket because he came from the opposite end, East Egg. This suggests that the importance of social values lies in the appearance of one’s geographical

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