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In The Great Gatsby, why does Gatsby tell Nick about his life in Chapter 4?

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During their ride into New York, Gatsby spins some very fantastic tales about his personal history for Nick. All of his stories are designed to make him seem a worthier and more respectable man, in spite of the rumors Nick surely has heard. To emphasize his sincerity, Gatsby refers to what he tells Nick as being "God's truth." 

According to Gatsby, he was born into a wealthy Midwestern family, all of whom were (conveniently, for his purposes) dead. After growing up in the United States, he went to school in England, at Oxford, in accordance with the long-standing...

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