The Great Gatsby: Appearance vs Reality

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  • Gatsby's Party
  • Ugh, were always the last to leave!
  • Impressing Daisy
  • We've got to get this grass cut, old sport.
  • James Gatz or Jay Gatsby?
  • Hey Daisy, I'm back from the war and now I'm rich.
  • Everyone at Gatsby's party looks like they're having a good time, but in reality, everyone is sad and empty inside. A lot of people in the 1920's felt the same way that the people at Gatsby's party do. "I looked around. Most of the remaining women were now having fights with their husbands." (Fitzgerald 51)
  • Gatsby is trying to impress Daisy because he hasn't seen the love of his life in over five years. Gatsby wants to appear as being perfect so that Daisy will fall for him again. "'How about the day after tomorrow?' He considered for a moment. Then, with reluctance: 'I want to get the grass cut,' he said." (Fitzgerald 82)
  • Dan Cody was a millionaire friend of Gatsby's. Cody helped James Gatz transform into Jay Gatsby by taking him in and showing Gatsby the wealthy ways. Gatsby eventually invented himself into this dream guy when, in reality, he was a bootlegger who never inherited any money. "His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people... So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent" (Fitzgerald 98)
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