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A Lie a Truth Once a toddler realizes that heshe can escape punishment by lying to his parents it becomes difficult not to resort to that course of action when a taxing situation arises Thusly an action and mode of behavior as ingrained as a lie becomes intuitive for appropriate social functioning to the indoctrinated adult In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald allows the reader to discover the cryptic and enigmatic secrets of his characters through their social facades Their lies expose facets of their inward motivations that could only be uncovered through behavior that betrays their apparent desires Toms blatant lying to Daisy clearly demonstrates that someone as accustomed to attention and admiration as Tom must have an audience that exudes undulating regard for his existence this fan club can be found in the weak soul of Myrtle Wilson Hes got some woman in New York 19 is how Jordan Baker explained Toms unabashed absence from his guests Even while entertaining at his home Tom finds it necessary to confer with his mistress about their upcoming rendezvous Toms powerful and forceful demeanor and the readers knowledge of his background as one where he was one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterwards savours of anti-climax 10 explain why he is in need of constant attention This level of interaction can not be afforded by Toms wife Daisy who as delicate and fragile as her name suggests pays a great deal of attention to herself and her own material desires Myrtle Wilsons school-girlish infatuation with Tom and his money afford Tom all the affection he desires without the rejection of someone who will treat him as an equal Toms desire to be idolized which stems from his earlier life experiences drives him to forget his wife through a blanket of lies and deceit Gatsby lies to the world at large about
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