Betrayal in the Great Gatsby Essay

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Betrayal in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. It is recognized as the “Great American Novel” as it shows great wealth, partying, jazz music and many other aspects of the “American Dream”. In his novel, he displays a lot of symbols, and themes including wealth, greed, and the most vivid, betrayal. Betrayal can upset many people and ruin many people. Betrayal was demonstrated throughout the entire novel with a lot of connections. Three situations will be examined, and they will be: Gatsby betrayed by Daisy, Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle and no one attends Gatsby’s funeral.
The entrance of betrayal in the novel comes from Tom Buchanan’s love affair with “some
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Daisy then left with Gatsby to his house. On their way to the house, they hit Myrtle with a Gatsby’s car and drove off. Daisy then settles her differences with Tom and they get back together, leaving Gatsby alone and ignites his downfall:
“Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table… He was talking intently across the table at her, and in his earnestness his hand had fallen upon and covered her own. Once in a while she looked up at him and nodded in agreement.” -Fitzgerald, 146 The end of chapter eight details the tragic events that ended Gatsby’s life. George Wilson, manipulated by Tom, kills Gatsby to seek justice. News spread about Gatsby’s death which caused a lot of traffic at his house; they weren’t people that knew him from a personal level, but were journalists, photographers, police officers and other media positions. Everyone except Nick believed Gatsby was the killer of Myrtle and Wilson was “deranged by grief” (Fitzgerald, 164). Further investigation ended and then the funeral took place. Gatsby’s body demanded Nick to call everyone that regularly attended the party to join him as he couldn’t do it alone: “Look here, old sport, you’ve got to get somebody for me. You’ve got to try hard. I can’t go through this alone.” (Fitzgerald, 166) No one from the

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