Character Illusions

Identify how each of the characters you have explored above presented the idea of illusion in the text. Describe how they concealed their true self from other characters in the novel. Explain what helped you uncover their illusion in the text.

Gatsby’s illusions that is that he has reached the ‘elite’ group. Gatsby is blinded by his own greed and imagination. Gatsby thinks by having the social status, wealth, a mansion in west egg and all these materialistic items that he has reached the pinnacle of the American dream, and has what the society dreams they had. Its his motivation to live the life of luxury and to have love that leads him to portray a certain image about his life. In reality Gatsby is still the poor boy from North Dakota wishing for a bigger better life. As a child he never accepted his parents as they were not successful enough and couldn’t help further his ‘dream’. So Gatsby was forced to make his fortune illegally, throwing large parties so that those attending wish they were apart of this side of society. Everything Gatsby did was so he could feel like he had ‘made it’. By having Daisy he would have had it all. But it was all an illusion it so it was achievable.

Daisy creates the illusion that she is hard done by and is the ‘victim’. Daisy thinks by simply being a woman she is mistreated and worthless. “And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”- Daisy. This was a popular opinion women had at this time. This is all an act to get people to fall for her innocent, naive persona so that people pity her and comply with her wants.When in reality Daisy is a manipulative, selfish, scheming young women. Daisy only ever thinks of herself and what she wants and does not recognise who she hurts along the way.

Nick at the very start promises us that he will be unbiased to the other characters. At the beginning of the novel Nick isn’t included in the action and only narrates it from an outsiders opinion buy throughout we see nick become more and more involved whether he likes it or not. “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”- Nick. Nick thinks of himself as un opinionated and non judgemental towards those around him because he can see there true characters and doesn’t want to end up just the same with a snobby, rude, judgmental attitude. Nick breaks his unbiased promise multiple times throughout the book. “They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” Although Nicks declaration was harmless, it was still an illusion because even the best of us can’t help but be judgemental.

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