The Great Gatsby: Gatsby's Illusion Of Himself

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is considered a novel that
embodies America in the 1920s. In it, the narrator, Nick Carroway, helps his
neighbor Jay Gatsby reunite with Daisy Buchanan, with whom he has been in love
with since 5 years before, during World War I. The affair between the two fails,
however, and ends in Gatsby being shot and killed. The reason that this was
inevitable is that Gatsby created a fantasy so thoroughly that he became part of
it, and he fell with it when reality came crashing down.
The basis of all of this is Gatsby's obsession with Daisy and with
meeting her. He did not want to deal with the reality that confronted him upon
returning from the war. ...

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that he throws every night in hopes that she will come become almost famous for
their extravagance and the variety of people that come.
A result of this is that Gatsby creates an illusion around himself,
also. His past is shrouded in mystery and speculation: some favorites of the
party-goers' theories on why he is so free and generous with his resources are
that he once killed a man and that he was a German spy during the war. He does
nothing to discourage these rumours; rather, he often adds to them. He lets
people believe that he was an Oxford man and that his money was inherited from
his father, when in fact he only attended Oxford for a short time and his money
all came from outside his family. Jay Gatsby is not even is real name, but part
of the illusion of his identity; his real name is James Gatz.
This involved deception does result in a meeting with Daisy. After years
of staring at the green ight at the end of her dock like a symbol of all of his
yearning, he ...

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