The Great Gatsby and Blinding Illusions

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The Fantasies the Blind

The Great Gatsby is a book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald based on the Jazz age and the average life that people live in that time. Some people try to claim that the events that happen in the book are loosely based on the Fitzgerald’s own life, but in the book everything is much more dramatized that there appears to be no relationship between the two. The story takes place in the roaring 20’s and is based on the events that happen with Nick Carraway, the narrator, Jay Gatsby, who is trying to wed the already married Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s wife. Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, and Daisy Buchanan each make illusions, they also believe those illusions are the truth in their lives.

Jay Gatsby has the largest illusion which is that you can relive the past to change the future. Jay hides behind this illusion to conceal the truth that he is not with Daisy and his wealth is made on a black market by selling alcohol, which was illegal at the time. When the book opens, all that can be observed from Jay Gatsby is that he is a wealthy, man with a large house who throws multiple parties.

“It was Gatsby’s mansion.” (Ch. I pg 5)
“The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meeting between women who never knew each other’s names.” (Ch. II pg. 40) However the extravagance that is portrait is not real, it is merely an illusion. Toward the middle of the book Jay reveals that he knew Daisy from when he was younger and in the military, but unfortunately their love failed because Jay was not wealthy enough for Daisy. Although Jay is getting back together with Daisy after all this time, what is not comprehended from the readers prospective is the extent of trouble that Jay went through to get Daisy back. Jay bought the house across the...
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