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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, what are some examples of Gatsby being a liar?

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When Nick is riding in Gatsby's big roadster in the opening pages of Chapter IV, Gatsby seems determined to make a favorable impression and to dispel any of the dark rumors that have been circulating about him. Gatsby knows that his biggest weakness is in his shady background.

"Look here, old sport," he broke out surprisingly, "what's your opinion of me anyhow?"

In a couple of pages, Gatsby tells Nick an obviously made-up story about his life. He claims to be the son of wealthy parents in the Midwest. But when Nick, who is from that region, asks, "What part of the Middle West?", Gatsby answers, "San Francisco." This answer in itself shows that Gatsby is...

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