The Great Gatsby

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In a time of economic crisis all parties submit to the power of the modern grail - the dollar. Daisy, for example, must choose between love and honesty, and class status. Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy mirrors Tom’s, both in his initial rejection, and subsequent pursuit of her. At the outset Gatsby is rejected by Daisy because of his class. He thus thinks that outbidding Tom will enable him to own Daisy. Protagonist and antagonist have the same economic and moral characteristics – they are hollow, greedy men pursuing women financially ‘at a cost’ to those women, others, and themselves. These capitalists have sacrificed their anima for money, and ironically, seek the idealised female ‘grail’ – the Other - financially.

Deception in The Great Gatsby

There are many American novels that yield insights into human nature, but few are as honest or intriguing as Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is brilliantly composed, and involves many different personalities, but it is at the core of this novel that we find the dark secret of humanity: deception.

All of the inhabitants of East and West Egg use one another to get what they want, with little care as to how it will affect the people around them. Through the eyes of Nick Carraway, we see how the wealthy live: they live in a luxurious society surrounded by their own lies and deception. Looking in from the outside, their lives seem perfect; they have everything that money can buy, right? Wrong, the one thing that their money cannot buy them is happiness, and this is why each character deceives someone.

Our story unravels early on in The Great Gatsby, Nick's very wealthy cousin, Daisy, simply has it all: she is beautiful and graceful; her bank account is large; she's traveled and knows people no matter where she goes. Her husband, Tom Buchanan, is without a doubt very lucky to be with her; but there's a ripple in this perfect couple: he's cheating on her. Not only...
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