Theme Of Deception In The Great Gatsby

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Everybody has an American Dream. For most people it is being rich. Jay Gatsby makes an effort to achieve his American Dream by gaining as much money as he can to obtain Daisy’s love. He made the mistake of believing that money can buy happiness and the love of others. However, the hollowness of wealthy people and the destructive nature of lies and deceit hinder Gatsby’s ultimate goal. Blogger Dr. Anna Wulick defines the American Dream as “the belief that anyone, regardless of race, class, gender, or nationality, can be successful in America if they just work hard enough.” Historian James Truslow Adams also defines the American Dream as “That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” According to these individuals, the American Dream can be obtained by anybody as long as they work hard enough to be equally as rich as everybody else. The only problem with this is that by the time one person gets to the same level as a…show more content…
Lisa Firestone claims that, ““Deception may be the most damaging aspect of infidelity. Deception and lies shatter the reality of others, eroding their belief in the veracity of their perceptions and subjective experience. The betrayal of trust brought about by a partner’s secret involvement with another person leads to a shocking and painful realization on the part of the deceived party that the person he or she has been involved with has a secret life and that there is an aspect of his or her partner that he or she had no knowledge of.” When Daisy snuck around with Gatsby behind Tom’s back, it led him to react angrily. Even though he was participating in an affair with Myrtle, the effect it had on Daisy was not as great as her effect on Tom because Tom was open about his affair while Daisy lied about
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