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The Great Gatsby Illusion Vs Reality Things are not always what they seem Constantly in life we can be fooled by the metaphorical masks people wear The appearance of many of the characters in The Great Gatsby differs greatly from their actual selves The use of illusion in the novel The Great Gatsby is used effectively to portray the nature of people in the 1920s and the artificial life that is lived in this modern age There are many incidences in which the appearance of characters is far different than what lurks inside them Several of these incidences are shown in the appearances of Daisy Gatsby and Gatsbys perception of Daisy Fitzgerald tried to portray that in the 1920s people attempted to maintain the air of purity and innocence however deep inside themselves they are still materialistic and corrupt This can be seen with Daisy as she tries throughout the novel to maintain her innocence and tries to believe that she is not to blame for anything that has happened Daisys appearance can be summed up in one color white White is symbolic of purity and innocence which is believable for the beginning of the novel She primarily wears white in the novel and there are several references made to her white childhood and her white face We believe Daisy to be an innocent victim of her husband Tom who seems racist violent and unfaithful However through further reading it can be seen that she is in fact very materialistic and selfish When Gatsby was away at war Daisy waited for him for a while however she then proceeded to marry Tom The night before the wedding she is crying over Gatsby and yet she still marries Tom and his money showing that she knew she would not marry Gatsby because he was poor Also when Gatsby returns and they begin their affair Daisy seems to want to leave Tom for Gatsby
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