Essay About Lies In The Great Gatsby

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A lie is defined as a false statement made in order to deceive. There are many instances where the main characters in the novel The Great Gatsby are deceitful. The lies in this novel spiral out of control and cause disastrous effects. The effects of these lies cause trouble in the main character's lives. Gatsby lies and it causes tension between him and Tom. Tom is unfaithful and it puts a strain on his marriage. In F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the main character’s deceitfulness leads to havoc and destruction. There are multiple occurrences when Gatsby lies to the other characters. In chapter one, Gatsby and Nick physically encounter each other for the first time. Soon after, they go into the city with each other. During their light banter about their backgrounds, “Gatsby lies to Nick about his background,…show more content…
Tom is extremely on edge throughout the novel about the past relationship between Gatsby and Daisy and how it is starting to develop once more. Tom, all the while, is being unfaithful to his wife, Daisy. Tom has an affair with George Wilson’s wife, Myrtle Wilson. A few times it does not go unnoticed that Tom is taking a phone call at an inappropriate times and on the other end of the phone is Myrtle Wilson. Daisy has suspicions of her husband’s infidelity but has not been told by Tom that she is being betrayed. “Tom had frequently been unfaithful to her, the first time within the first three months of their marriage” (Parr). “Wilson tells Tom that he suspects “something funny” about his wife, and Tom realizes that Wilson has caught on that his wife is having an affair, although he does not know the affair is with Tom” (Lathbury 7). Tom not only strains his own marriage by being unfaithful to his wife, but he puts a large strain on the Wilson’s marriage. His deceitfulness causes tension and distance between George and Myrtle
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