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Betrayal in The Great Gatsby

Simple intro to the betrayal in Great Gatsby and it's relation to Gatsby. Adultery, Gossip, and The American Dream. No secondary sources as it had to be a short presentation.
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Amanda Jull

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Transcript of Betrayal in The Great Gatsby

Examine the theme of betrayal in "The Great Gatsby."
From adultery, gossip, and the American Dream all the betrayal in the The Great Gatsby centers around, preys on, Gatsby himself.
Summary
Nick Carraway goes to New York to get into the Stock Market.
He meets up with his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan.
He gets invited to his rich neighbor - Jay Gatsby's - party where he quickly befriends him.
Nick finds out that Daisy and Gatsby had a romantic past which Gatsby want to rekindle leading them to having an affair.

Tom finds out about the affair.
Daisy - driving Gatsby's car - kills Myrtle Wilson in a hit and run.
Tom tells George Wilson -Myrtle's husband that it was Gatsby who killed her and George kills Gatsby.
The novel ends with Nick retuning to the West after Gatsby's funeral which only had him, Mr. Gatz, and one partygoer in attendance.
Adultery.
Betrayal: To be disloyal.
Daisy and Tom's marriage was unhappy because of Daisy's love for Gatsby:
- “She [Daisy] wanted her life shaped now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force – of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality-” (144).
- “ She [Daisy] never loved you [Tom]...she never loved anyone except me[Gatsby]!” (124).

Tom's Cheating
Myrtle's Cheating
Daisy's Cheating
She cheated on Tom with Gatsby.
Gossip.
Betrayal: To divulge in a breach of confidence.
There is betrayal of Gatsby by his guests who believe they are telling the truth and just willingly spread it around.
American Dream
Betrayal: To be false.
The American Dream
a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.
Gatsby's Dream
“..they[Gatsby and Daisy] were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house – just as if it were five yeas ago... 'I wouldn't ask too much of her … You can't repeat the past.' 'Can't repeat the past?...Why of course you can! ... I'm going to fix everything just the way it as before,'...I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was.” (106)
The dream proved false to Gatsby.
“ I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn't believe it would come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream.” (153).
In Conclusion.
"No- Gatsby turned out all right in the end; it was what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and shortwinded elations of men." (8)
That foul dust was betrayal because it followed Gatsby in his (and other's) love life, his social life, and his own dreams.
Was caused by Tom's infidelity which was caused by Gatsby.
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