“Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.” (Josh Billings) In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the pursuit of love and wealth in the roaring twenties generates a fire fueled by destruction and lies that no amount of water is able to put out. While the lies may have cooled the situation at the time devastation for many of the characters was inevitable. In addition, this destruction could have been avoided if honesty was placed on a pedestal as the best virtue. As a result, it is obvious that the lack of honesty in the novel creates inevitable devastation for nearly all.
The novel begins with the dismantling of one of the oldest pledges in human history, marriage. Tom is married to the beautiful and youthful Daisy, yet this is not enough for him. Many times he betrays not only his wife, but also the husband of the mistress. ...view middle of the document...
” (57) Her lies reached an even more personal level when, “she left a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down and then lied about it.” (57) This dishonesty has an immediate effect on the people that she socializes with on a regular basis along with strangers. Lies are a hand that reach out and strangle the listener.
Furthermore, Tom partakes in another account of dishonesty. That is to say, he furthers his lies to a point that Gatsby is killed. Tom took what ever precautions were necessary to save his own skin. When describing being confronted by Wilson, Tom states, “He threw dust into your eyes just like he did in Daisy’s, but he was a tough one.” Even though he may have believed his actions were justified he still was in the wrong. The destruction level rose as the lies flowed from his mouth. In Wilson’s state of being, he was not able to make the appropriate decisions. Wilson is not to blame for it was Tom who guided him away from the green light.
In conclusion, it is important to point of the connection between dishonesty and destructions. Lies have an immense weight. Once the first one is told they suddenly begin to pile up until the foundation of your being crashes to the ground. In the case of Jordan she would say what ever was necessary to save herself, no matter the consequences. Tom’s lies built up so high that they could not be held back and Gatsby was murdered. The 1920’s were a magnificent time. It brought about a new appearance for the American youth. Traditional views where abandoned by many as short skirts, short hair, and up beat music moved in. Even though the twenties were a party to remember, the destruction brought about was terrible. The activities that took place in the “Jazz Age” were seasonal. The Great Depression’s storms could not be held at bay. The dishonesty of many of the characters may have solved the problems at the time but in the end it only created inevitable devastation.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1925. Print