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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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