The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby

Don’t judge a book by its cover. In the novel The Great Gatsby, an aura of lies becomes an outward appearance. Gatsby creates a false background which is believed by most characters. Also, Gatsby pretends to be prestigious through the schedule he makes modeled after Benjamin Franklin’s virtuous schedule. Furthermore, Gatsby is a parallel to Biloxi such that he is the epitome of what Gatsby wants to be. Jay Gatsby puts on a mask of lies to court Daisy as shown by his false origin, his mockery of Benjamin Franklin, and his parallel to Blocks Biloxi. Gatsby’s false background creates a whole new persona known as Jay Gatsby made up so to win Daisy over. Arnold Weinstein writes “Gatsby’s false truth is projected outwards…[he] generates reality rather than proving it” (38). Gatsby is “the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West” (Fitzgerald 65). Gatsby masks his true story of his past to make it sound as if he comes from a good family and has enough money for Daisy. He also says he was “educated at Oxford” as well as lived in “France, Venice Rome-collecting jewels” (65). Gatsby lies about what he has done because he does not want Daisy to think that he is too poor to meet her extremely high standards. Also, “To be free from the constraints of proof or evidence, to alter one’s identity, to be multiple rather than single, to overcome the laws of time and space and background: such are precisely the virtues of fiction, of the American Dream, and of Jay Gatsby” (Weinstein 27). Gatsby makes up his own life. He even gives false proof as to this second life. Gatsby “reached into his pocket, and a piece of metal, slung on a ribbon, fell into my palm” (66). This is a medal he is showing to Nick because he supposedly received because of his courage fighting in Montenegro. He also produces a picture of him at Oxford “looking a little, not much, younger-with a cricket bat in his hand” (67). His proof helps to validate his story in hopes...
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