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Honesty and Deceit

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Majeed Aschkar

on 2 October 2013

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Transcript of Honesty and Deceit

Honesty and Deceit
Aspects of the Topic
•Marriage and adultery
•Reasons on the deceit are occurring: to be close to Daisy, the war, success etc.
•Can the deceit ever be justified?

Ideas from the narrative:
•Where the rumors come from? Does anyone EVER clarify them or just add to them?

•Are there any honest characters in the Great Gatsby? Define ‘honest’ is it difficult to judge who is honest? Does Nick Judge?

•Why does Nick consider himself as one of the most honest people he knows? Who can judge this? The other characters? Gatsby? Or the reader?

•How does honesty come in the way of a marriage? Is anyone being honest the marriage?

•Why would Gatsby lie to Daisy? What reasons does he have to avoid the truth?

•How can deceit be justified for the benefit of Gatsby?

How the theme is explored:
How the theme is explored:
Rumors at Gatsby's parties
“Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once."
"I heard that from a man who knew all about him, grew up with him in Germany,"

Nick states that he is “one of the few honest people he has ever known”.
Gatsby lied to Daisy about his background, Daisy had sex with Gatsby, and Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle.

Nick's father said “whenever you feel like criticizing anyone” he told me “just remember that all the people in this world hadn’t had the advantages that you’ve had” however this is contradicted later on

Honesty didn’t come in the way of Tom and Daisy’s marriage but it did in George and Myrtle's.

Gatsby knew that Daisy would only marry men of the upper class

Gatsby didn’t harm anyone with his lies, his lies benefited himself
Throughout the novel we can see these examples of many rumors being spread and the lies in the relationships. A question that can be brought up is who are the truthful character in the novels?
Which is honesty and which is deceit?
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