Do you find that lies and deceit occur in the novel The Great Gatsby? Also, do you think that lies and deceit are a better theme than power.lies and deceit was a theme i have changed from power. Do...

Do you find that lies and deceit occur in the novel The Great Gatsby? Also, do you think that lies and deceit are a better theme than power.

lies and deceit was a theme i have changed from power. Do you think that this theme is better than power also can you help me decode some questions I have found online that can help me out with this theme for writing my essay.
At one point, Jordan claims that Nick deceived her. Is this true? Or was Jordan deceiving Nick? What kind of dishonesty is she talking about, anyway?There is an interesting scene where Jordan Baker and Nick discuss the fact that a "bad" driver is all-right until he meets another one. This forms a significant moment later in the novel when Jordan recognizes that Nick is not who she thought he was. How does this relate to the transformation Daisy undergoes as she realizes Gatsby is not who she thought he was?Nick briefly mentions that Tom discovered Daisy’s deception very close to the time that Wilson discovered that of his own wife. How do these men each deal with the discovery? Does it make them seem more similar, or highlight their differences? Check out what Nick says about it.Nick assures us he is "one of the few honest people" he knows. How does this affect the way we read his story? Do we trust his narration?Are Nick and Gatsby more similar than Nick would like to admit? Is it possible to see Nick and Gatsby as possessing the same fundamental characteristic – deception?In the showdown scene at the Plaza, Daisy Buchanan is ultimately honest with her husband and Gatsby despite what she might lose. Why does she choose honesty?

 

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Lies and deceit is definitely a theme in The Great Gatsby.  We see over and over again that the characters are not honest with each other nor are they honest with themselves.  One striking example of this theme is when Nick tells Gatsby he is "one of the few honest people" he knows.  We realize that Gatsby lies about who he is, where he came from, and how he earns his money.  However, Gatsby doesn't lie about what is in his heart.  He has an honest heart that longs for the Daisy he once knew and loved.  Of course, that Daisy doesn't really exist anymore.  She has changed into the woman Tom and society want her to be.  Gatsby does not hide his desperation from Nick and Nick grows to admire Gatsby's heart.  In the end, Nick looks at the other characters in a very different light.  He feels drawn to Gatsby as his true friend.  Of course, this does shade our trust in his narration, but we do see an interesting twist in the theme of lies and deceit.

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