Theme Of Deceit In The Great Gatsby

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“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”(Noel Coward) F. Scott Fitzgerald's book “The Great Gatsby” shows themes of lies and deceit throughout the book.Many characters lie to the ones they love while also tricking them into believing things that are not necessarily true. With these themes in mind, it would be logical to change the title of this book to “Secrets, Secrets are no fun.” Many quotes throughout the book supports the changing of the title. One of the first instances where a supporting quote of lies and deceit can be seen in the story is, in a scene where Tom and Myrtle are discussing daisy. On page 33 Catherine says, “ It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic, and they don’t believe in divorce.” This elaborate lie is told with ease from Tom so Myrtle believes that it is ok for them to continue with their affair. Even more deceit came into…show more content…
In which Nick says, “ He looked at me sideways-and I knew why Jordan Baker believed he was lying.” Playing more into the fact that Gatsby is obsessed with keeping his true identity hidden by constantly talking and reassuring people that he is who he says he is. Since Gatsby is so insecure about his lie it is obvious to see his nerves and tell that he in fact is lying. Going to show that lies and deceit can only go on for so long before the pressure begins to make the lie crumble and fall apart.
To conclude, many quotes throughout “The Great Gatsby” illustrate themes of lies and deceits through dialogue and their actions that they do. While these themes illustrate who these characters are as people but also summarizing overall themes of the book at the same time. Going to show how the new title of “Secrets, Secrets are no Fun” is extremely appropriate and
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