How does the theme of honesty answer the question “What is The Great Gatsby really about”?  Explain the importance of this theme and why it should take priority over two of the other themes...

How does the theme of honesty answer the question “What is The Great Gatsby really about”?

 

Explain the importance of this theme and why it should take priority over two of the other themes (Dreams and Vision)

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Although I'm not sure that any one theme in Gatsby should take over the others, I think I can help with this question! And perhaps maybe the theme is better stated as, "DIShonesty is the root of all tragic events".

In this book, everyone lies. There is no honesty or truth anywhere, even in Nick, the narrator.

The lack of honesty leads both Daisy and Tom to have affairs, leads Nick to set up Daisy with Gatsby all these years, leads Tom to kill Gatsby and leads Gatsby to suffer the consequences of Daisy's actions.

This book is about the importance of honesty for anyone that is wants to avoide tragedy being invited into their life.

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