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Great Gatsby


             In Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald illustrates the
             theme, "Outward appearances can be deceiving.  This theme is
             shown in a few parts of the book. These outward appearances are
             not only found in people, but in the geographical areas of the New
             The first deceiving outward appearance is that of Daisy. At
             first, we are lead to believe that she is a very happy person, as
             Gatsby's love. But she is not, she is a rather tragic and selfish
             person. We see this when she uses Gatsby as a way to go to parties
             and look popular, while she is really more attracted to Tom. And in
             the end of the story, she takes off with Tom and doesn't leave a trace
             There is a big irony in this. We see that Gatsby is pursuing the
             woman he loves. But Daisy ends up inadvertently causing Gatsbys
             death by killing Myrtle in the car accident, which set Wilson into a
             Gatsby himself has an outside appearance that is deceiving.
             At first, we see that he is a wealthy, courteous, and handsome man
             who is trying to get the woman he loves. Later on, we realize that
             Gatsby uses enormous amounts of people to get to Daisy. By
             throwing these large parties to impress Daisy, he uses many people,
             Another small, but deceiving appearance is that of the New
             York area. New York and East Egg are seen as beautiful, wealthy
             cities. But these cities form a layer to cover the valley of ashes, the
             area of poverty and desolation of the cities. This deceiving
             appearance may be minor, but it is there to support a theme of the
             These issues in the book are all used by Fitzgerald to support
             the theme, "Outward appearances can be deceiving.  These issues
             all have to be pulled out of the story and torn apart before they can
             be understood by the reader. Fitzgerald does an excellent job of
            

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