Why Is Honesty Important In The Great Gatsby

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In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby honesty plays a big role in how people treat each other. Many characters in the book are not honest to each other. This affects how everyone thinks and about them. Fitzgerald uses the honesty of the characters to make the reader really think about what is happening. Throughout the Great Gatsby honesty affects people in various ways;Tom has a mistress, Gatsby lies about his past, and Nick does not tell Gatsby how he really feels about him. Tom Buchanan is a very rich man that lives in East Egg. He is married to Daisy but sometimes he cheats on her. His mistress is named Myrtle. Daisy knows about this relationship but Tom still denies it. "You see," cried Catherine triumphantly. She lowered her voice again. …show more content…
He does not like to make judgements on other people. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgments”(Fitzgerald). He was good friends with Tom and then he also become a friend of Gatsby. He does not tell either one how he thinks about them. He always just keeps on going. If he told them what he thought about them he would not be with them anymore. Nick makes many judgments on people but he always keeps his judgements private. Honesty plays a bg role in the Great Gatsby because some characters do not know everything about each other. Tom, Gatsby, and Nick all did many things that disapproved their honesty. Everyone in this book was telling lies left and right. This book would have been completely different if everyone was honest. People may have stopped coming to Gatsby’s parties if they knew he was really a poor man. Fitzgerald makes everyone seem honest but nobody is