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There are many things that we observe through social occurrences which cause us to make judgements about a particular person or group of people Correspondingly these things we observe also reveal to us the values held by these people This particular idea is represented well in the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Glamour and lavish surroundings influence the peoples goals and desires and contribute to their materialistic and socially prominent ideals This is shown through the actions of people at Gatsbys parties the attendance at Gatsbys funeral and Daisys fickleness between Tom and Gatsby The people at Gatsbys parties reveal the values of the society in that they attend without really even knowing the host They gossip and ask questions about him but no one really knows who he is Some even go so far as not speaking to or approaching Gatsby Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all p45 Many people show up uninvited and are not even friends of Gatsby I believe that when I went to Gatsbys house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited People were not invited- they went there p45 There is one man however who understands the mystery of Gatsby This man describes in great detail the book facades in Gatsbys library He describes how they are better than most normal book facades in that not only do you see the outside cover of the book but the book also appears to have pages so that it looks real from the top too It fooled me What realism p50 This symbolizes true Gatsby who is nothing but a facade himself with no real inner personality only a fake cover Just as the books Gatsby is a better facade that fools most people yet this man sees through it The rest of these people are merely interested in the glamour and lavish surroundings that Gatsby has to
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