Immorality And Deception In The Great Gatsby

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Immorality and Deception in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exhibits villainous human nature through the main character, Jay Gatsby. Since his past relationship with Daisy Buchanan and having not seen her in many years, Gatsby has developed an obsession with regaining her attention and rekindling their relationship. In order to accomplish this, he portrays a lavish lifestyle and makes himself seem like an ideal man: wealthy and wise. He lies about his name, family’s wealth, where he was educated, as well as where his family was educated. To his own misfortune, Jay Gatsby is the most abhorrent character in the novel, due to the immoral ways in which he tries to capture Daisy’s affection. One loathsome way that Jay Gatsby attempts to appeal to people of high social ranking, like Daisy, is by recreating his past. In the renowned novel, Gatsby took Nick Carraway out for a drive in his car one morning. They began to converse which led to Gatsby telling Nick his life story. He told Nick not to believe any rumors about him floating around his parties, probably so that Nick would only believe the lies told to him directly by Gatsby. Gatsby is quoted saying, “‘I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years…He looked at me sideways and I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was lying. He hurried the phrase ‘educated at Oxford,’…as though it had bothered him before’” (Fitzgerald 34). The
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