Fitzgerald's Great Deception: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Scott Fitzgerald, is an insightful story with many different themes and motifs. Some of the more obvious themes are wealth and social class. The theme that is not as clearly seen is the theme of deceit. One may think that the title, The Great Gatsby, reveals the hero of the story. However it is not Gatsby but Nick Carraway. Fitzgerald uses the theme of deception and Nick’s first-person point of view to show his readers that Nick is the hero of The Great Gatsby.
In the first few chapters of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald paints Jay Gatsby in a positive light. Nick Carraway, the story’s narrator, tells the reader, “He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced – or seemed to face – the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.” (pp. 48) Nick also conveys that everybody who attended one of Gatsby’s parties wanted to get to know him. His guests were interested in his true story; they speculated about his past. (pp. 44) “Gatsby” was a mystery that everybody wanted to solve. Little did they know that his true story…
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