How is honesty the most prevalent theme in The Great Gatsby?
With the possible exception of Nick, no one is consistently honest in The Great Gatsby. Nick has to be honest, because he's the narrator, and we need to have an honest broker to guide us through this shiny, opulent world in which nothing is ever quite how it seems. Dishonesty is rampant in the book—both dishonesty to one's self and to others. The main problem is that just about everyone is trying to be something they're not. And even those who act according to how they've always behaved, such as Tom Buchanan, still act dishonestly. Witness his numerous extramarital affairs.
Wherever we look it seems that no one can be, or even wants to be, true to themselves. Myrtle Wilson wants to leave behind her humdrum existence in the Valley of Ashes and sample the delights of a gilded, upper-class life—hence her affair with Tom; Jordan Baker is someone Nick describes as "incurably dishonest," a pathological liar who once created quite a scandal by appearing to cheat during...
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