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Illusions and Reality in The Great Gatsby According to Cynthia Wu no matter how many critical opinions there are on The Great Gatsby the book basically deals with Gatsbys dream and his illusions 39 We find out from the novel that Jay Gatsby is not even a real person but someone that James Gatz invented Wu also tells us that Gatsby has illusions that deal with romance love beauty and ideals 39 Wu also points out that Gatsbys illusions can be divided into four related categories he came from a rich upper class family a never-ending love between him and Daisy money as the answer to every problem and reversible time Through Nicks narrations we can really see who this Jay Gatsby is and the reality to his illusions and from this we can make our own decision on who we think Jay Gatsby really is The first memory upon which the narrator meditates on is the story behind Jay Gatsbys true identity James Gatz-that was really or at least legally his name He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career-when he saw Dan Codys yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a rowboat pulled out to the Tuolumne and informed Cody that a wind might catch him and break him up in half an hour qtd in Dillon 53 I agree with Nick when he tells us that Jay probably had the name ready for a long time Jay couldnt accept himself for who he really was and couldnt accept his history for what it really was Then it stands to reason that Nick is correct on page 104 when he states Jays
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