Love and Wealth Through Lies Truth, Lies, and Storytelling In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby The only thing worse than a liar is someone who believes that lies will give the perfect fulfillment for life. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby uses lies and deception to ultimately end the life of Gatsby. The Great Gatsby thoroughly connects truth, lies, and storytelling through the tales of James Gatz and his path throughout life and relationships. In his earlier years, Gatsby created stories about his upcoming wealth and continued to use those stories throughout life, basing all of his relationships on lies. In addition, Gatsby also faces lying to his loved ones when taking the blame for allegations that have been made against him. Gatsby’s childhood …show more content…
After an intense and emotional confrontation between Gatsby and Tom Buchanan over Daisy’s love, Daisy was in a rush to escape the chaotic argument that had occurred. Daisy drives Gatsby's car from New York trying to clear her head from the events, but unfortunately introduces a new plot line to the story by hitting her husband's mistress Myrtle with Gatsby’s car. As the death of Myrtle Wilson shocked everyone, George Wilson was determined to avenge Myrtle after being killed in a hit and run “By half-past two he was in West Egg, where he asked someone the way to Gatsby’s house. So by that time he knew Gatsby’s name” (Fitzgerald 160). They believed the car was to be driven by Gatsby since it was a bright yellow car known to be owned by him, which was not the truth at all. George had become relentless in finding answers and eventually received them from Tom Buchanan which was told to George in a menace and lying manner. George had been told that Gatsby was the one driving the car and was confronted face-to-face with death. Lies had traveled around eventually coming back to take Gatsby down. “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald 162). The murder of Gatsby and the suicide of Wilson were the final stories of the novel. They had both lost their loves, one in death, and one in
After the affair between Daisy and Gatsby, as well as Tom and Myrtle was discovered, Tom and George made different decisions in how they dealt with the affair. Tom and Daisy decided to move away with their daughter to avoid their problems and guilt and hide in their wealth, but George on the other hand made the terrible decision to take “justice” into his own hands. After Tom told George Gatsby was the one having the affair with Myrtle and is who ran Myrtle over, George decided to go to Gatsby’s house and shoot Gatsby which ended in his death, and proceeded to kill himself in the same fashion. “They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
Lying is a part of human nature, many want to seem more interesting than they truly are. People will lie and go out of their way to achieve this goal. Many, like the characters in The Great Gatsby, put up a front to gain respect and attention; when really they are nothing more than deceitful liars. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the actions of the main characters to expose their real, blundered personalities. Jay Gatsby stands for the new money side of the American Dream, as well as how deceiving it can be.
He told George Wilson that Gatsby owned the car that killed Myrtle. He knew that George would kill Gatsby but he did not care. Gatsby was not even the one driving the car when Myrtle was killed. In fact, Tom was the reason that Myrtle went running into the road. “A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting” (Fitzgerald 137).
“All liars lie to protect themselves, to protect their egos from the raw pain of the truth” (Aminatta Fonna). Would you ever lie to someone you love to protect your ego? The Great Gatsby is a love story with twists and turns that don’t end well for people. Readers also learned what wealth can do to a person and the difference between old wealth and new wealth. Through the character of Daisy Buchanan, Fitzgerald shows readers how money and wealth can cause people to be dishonest and lose their morals since they have a cushion of money beneath them.
Gatsby tells Nick that he will not have to work directly with Wolfsheim, which shows that Gatsby actually gets his money from illegal work. The characters in the novel have learned the truth about Gatsby through his lies and have become aware of who Gatsby really is and his true intentions. The way that Gatsby has lied about where his money has come from and what his job to the other characters leads to the characters thinking that he is a liar and has lied to them the whole
One character, Myrtle Wilson, is brutally killed as she is hit by the “‘death car’ [which] didn’t stop…” (137). The car that hit Myrtle was not only yellow, but was Gatsby’s. In addition, Fitzgerald confirms that the yellow car paralleling to death was not coincidental, as he has a few other characters’ deaths connected to yellow, including Gatsby’s. Gatsby is killed indirectly due to his own car, which allows Wilson to find and end his wife’s thought-to-be murderer. Furthermore, a little bit before the murder, Gatsby catches sight of Wilson, who is compared to a ghost appearing from “among the yellowing trees” (161).
That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust in your eyes just like he did in Daisys, but he was a though one. He ran over Myrtle like you’d run over a dog and never even stopped his car” Tom Know that it was actually daisy drivning the car; not Gatsby , but he told wilson that it was Gatsby so that he wouldnt loose Daisy, not beacuse he loved Diasy but becsue he didnt want to loose conrol over his life. Beause of his actions Gatsby was murdderd, we see that selfhisly lying, caused pain and suffering for more people that it would have if the truth was
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that depicts the American Dream; however, the American Dream cannot be established without running over a few people in the process. Gatsby the protagonist of the novel is known to deceive others and himself; however, his lies are not meant to hurt anyone. Gatsby is lost in his desire to be rich and have Daisy’s love, and in his desire forgets about how his actions may harm others. In addition, Gatsby only wanted to be more than his parents who were “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” (98). Gatsby’s deception goes as far as fabricating who he is, his financial standing in the past; including how he makes his money, lying to Daisy, and allowing others to tell rumors about himself.
and she was making fun of his wife and Tom got irritated and didn’t like that very much and used a violent manner to stop her. Nick states “It was after we started with Gatsby towards the house that the gardener saw Mr. Wilson's body a little way off in the grass and the holocaust was complete. ”(162) This quote may not seem like much of a lie but really it’s the aftermath. Tom had told George Wilson that the car that had hit his wife Myrtle, was Gatsby’s car.
Lies and Deceit Wrapped Up With a Pretty Bow We are often infatuated with pretty things, whether we’re aware of it or not. The shiny new toy or person always manages to capture our attention. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exposes the truth behind everything that seems to be pretty and perfect. Fitzgerald teaches us this through the protagonist of the story, Jay Gatsby.
Skylar Placek Ms. Anderson English III Honors 8 March 2023 The Great Gatsby Essay Throughout the novel, “The Great Gatsby”, the character Jay Gatsby puts on a false front on many occasions. He continuously tries to deceive many of the characters in the book and lies about numerous things. These fabrications of his brought about many negative repercussions and even resulted in his own death.
Gatsby many times acknowledges that he always felt like he was destined to be greater and richer. While explaining this he says,”I never considered my parents my actual parents.” This could mean that he truly believes his real parents were not his real parents and disregards his childhood as if it never happened. Another point where Gatsby clearly suffers from self-deception is his obsession with Daisy and his desire to be with her even though she is married and he has not seen her in numerous years.
Characters throughout The Great Gatsby present themselves with mysterious and questionable morals. Affairs, dishonest morals, criminal professions, weak boundaries and hypocritical views are all examples of immorality portrayed in The Great Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, lies and mischief fill the lives of many and significantly damage numerous relationships. First, Jay Gatsby's whole life is consumed into a massive lie. His personality traits set him apart from others and the attention he accumulates motivates him to falsely portray his life.
Gatsby is idealistic for love and a future with Daisy. Based on the lies about his past and his truth about his love for Daisy, for Gatsby’s fabrications consist of deception for his past. He misleads others by telling his past by being from Midwest, attending Oxford, and being wealthy. But, he does not lie about the war or his love for Daisy. However, he briefly explains the truth.