Deception In The Great Gatsby

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As we are in the data era, technology and SNS have become a big part of society’s everyday existence. Social Media in particular has made it possible for us to curate our lives and create an illusion of perfection. “Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” (Criss Jami, 20xx). These false pretenses are deceptive and destructive as society’s comparative culture is strong. If not done carefully, this could lead to the ultimate downfall of society’s genuity. The same effect can be seen in Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Tennessee Williams's “A Streetcar Named Desire”. The Great Gatsby is a novel written in 1925 encapsulating the life of a young millionaire, Jay…show more content…
In "The Great Gatsby", Gatsby engages in a relationship with a married woman, Daisy. Although he himself is not doing the cheating, he encourages it with daisy. Other characters in the novel also engage in the same deceptive behaviour. Tom, Daisy's husband, also engaged in a not-so-secretive affair with Myrtle. Myrtle is ale to u married woman. By being with Tom, she too was committing an act of infidelity against her husband Wilson. On top of all this, at the end of the novel readers discover that Jordan has a fiance. Gatsby encourages this deceptive behaviour in Daisy because he wants things with her to be the way they were 5 years ago. Tom is unfaithful to Daisy due to his selfishness. As a rich man with a lot of free time he cheats on his wife and mother of his child simply because he is bored. In the end, their acts of infidelity lead to their ultimate downfall. “...Gatsby's eyes floated toward her. ‘Ah,’ she cried, ‘you look so cool.’ Their eyes met, and they starred together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the
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