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Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM via web

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How truthful was Gatsby when he relayed the story of his life to Nick in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby? 

 

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slcollins | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted February 14, 2013 at 1:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby was never really honest with Nick when he discussed his background. Gatsby relayed many details about his life: he went to Oxford, was from the Midwest, and inherited family money, just to name a few.  Perhaps the only real details that Gatsby relays deal with Dan Cody and the time he spent on his yacht. The truthful details about Gatsby’s life come from other sources, namely Jordan Baker and Henry Gatz, Jay’s father. Jordan gives Nick the details about Gatsby’s past with Daisy and reveals that Gatsby’s motivation for moving to West Egg was to be close to Daisy.  After Gatsby’s death, his father is able to give Nick a better picture of who Jay Gatsby was a child and young man. 

 

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