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Lies And Deception In The Great Gatsby

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“Every one suspects himself of one of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people I have ever known.“ This quote by Nick from The Great Gatsby ties well with The Great Gatsby’s theme: People may use dishonesty to get what they want, but in the end it may only serve to destroy them and the things and people they love. Outlined below are some examples where this theme can be found in the book.

Cheating in a relationship is a form of dishonesty, and is frequently found in The Great Gatsby. One such example is the marital bond between George and Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle Wilson was not happy in her marriage with George. Evidence of this can be ...view middle of the document...

Daisy wanted to drive because she thought it would calm her nerves, but when conflicted with the choice of striking another car or hitting Myrtle, she struck and killed Myrtle. She drove on without stopping. Later, George discovered that it was Mr. Gatsby’s car that hit Myrtle. He then decided to take the law into his own hands and kill Mr. Gatsby. If Mr. Gatsby hadn’t been cheating with Daisy, then they never would have been driving together and George would have had no reason to kill him.I

Other forms of dishonesty can also be found in The Great Gatsby. When Daisy hit Myrtle Wilson with her car, rather than face the consequences of her actions she fled the scene. This simple action turned what should have been just a terrible accident into a case of hit-and-run. By trying to escape the consequences of her actions through dishonesty she created much larger problems for herself and Mr. Gatsby. Neither Gatsby nor Daisy knew that they had been seen when they hit Mrs. Wilson as is apparent on page 143, “’I don’t think anybody saw us, but of course I can’t be sure.’ I disliked him so much by this point that I didn’t find it necessary to tell him he was wrong.” However, when Mr. Wilson found out that it had been a yellow car, and that Mr. Gatsby was driving a yellow car, he decided to take the law into his own hands and kill Gatsby. If Daisy and Gatsby stopped the car then Gatsby would most likely not have died.

Mr. Gatsby was a fundamentally dishonest man. There are many clues thought the book that Gatsby made his fortune through illegal...

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