Theme Of Deception In The Great Gatsby

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Jay Gatsby has to endure many situations that resulted in the becoming an unsuccessful as well as a successful prince. Gatsby is successful at putting on a façade. Wolfsheim, Gatsby’s associate, describes him as “handsome to look at and a perfect gentleman” (Fitzgerald 76). However, Gatsby merely presents himself as so and in reality--tricks people due to his experience with being a deceitful bootlegger. Chapter 18 of The Prince, Machiavelli discussed how a prince should be deceptive and states on page 86, “It is necessary to know well how to disguise this characteristic, and to be a great pretender and dissembler,” in Gatsby’s case, he accomplished deception as evidenced to all the mystery surrounded by him and in the end, it did not matter

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