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##s Of Illusions In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald And Macbeth

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Obstacles can come in many forms; they can be a person, a thing, or a concept such as the glass ceiling. Sometimes, a person can have a mental blockade that keeps them from achieving their goals. Illusion often clouds one’s perception of reality and makes it difficult to distinguish what’s real from what’s imaginary and this is represented in many forms of media, including pieces of literature such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Illusions have been melded into our society, especially through media. On social networks, only the highlights of people’s lives are captured, which creates unattainable standards for those who are exposed to the content. In movies, televisions and novels, people…show more content…
Aside from what the others think of Gatsby, his true intentions with the over-the-top parties are to reclaim Daisy to where he believes she belongs: with him. Relating to modern times, this is similar to many forms of social media because people are only exposed to the extravagant parts of Gatsby’s life which is also true for internet influencers. The pedestal that is consistently growing larger keeps people from reaching out to Gatsby since they view him as unreachable and out of their league. No one besides Nick Caraway knows the true Gatsby. People constantly start outrageous rumors such as “…he killed a man once” (44) or “…that he was a German spy during the war” (44). These imaginary concepts intimidate many people, but in reality Gatsby is a beautiful cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure, that needed protection from the harshness of reality and so he hides in his imagination. Nick was the only person who saw Gatsby for who he truly was: a desperate sad boy willing to go to any lengths to keep Daisy—even taking the blame for a murder she committed. The Gatsby persona that is created by the imaginations of the gossiping population builds a wall between the people and the real facts about Gatsby since they refuse to believe anything but the extrodinary. One of Gatsby’s many fantasies is that Daisy is his and always has been. He thought that Daisy loved only him during the five years he was
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