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In The Great Gatsby, what is the significance of Jordan's lying?

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Originally striking Nick as mysterious and alluring, the upper-crust socialite Jordan is soon revealed to lead a life entirely based upon lies. A considerable amount of her identity and pride is based on her status as a professional golfer, and yet she cheated to win her first tournament. Often times, it seems that she is dishonest in situations that have no tangible benefit to her and simply lies pathologically.

Jordan's dishonesty, like the rest of her character, is representative of the "new women" of the roaring twenties. She does not care if people think of her as dishonest and takes as little consideration in regard to her moral standing as she does with her open consumption of alcohol and attitude toward casual sexuality. Jordan's dishonesty is much the same as that of the men in upper-crust society. Blunt and cynical, she makes no attempt to adhere to the rigid standards of femininity that were expected of high-class women in the past.

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