In The Great Gatsby, what all does Jay Gatsby lie about?

Jay Gatsby's life is built on a lie in The Great Gatsby. He lies to people about his true name and background, and he lies about his present business. He also lies to himself about his future with Daisy, which is arguably the worst of it.

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Jay Gatsby himself is one big lie. Born James Gatz, he despises his lower-class family’s way of life early on. As soon as he has the opportunity, James reinvents himself as Jay Gatsby and imagines a fantastic future. His dreams are “a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.”

Gatsby lies not only to the world but also, most importantly, to himself. What allows him to get away for so long with his lies is the fact that he believes those lies, so he is able to convincingly carry them out. He does not respect his poor upbringing, so he changes it. He dreams up a new name and a new life and never turns back.

When he meets Daisy, he is compelled to pile further lies upon his already shaky scaffold of lies. Called to war, Jay eventually loses Daisy. Although she loves him, she does not wait for him to return and she marries Tom , albeit with much regret once she receives Jay’s letter. However, she still goes through with the wedding. She is impressed by...

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