The Great Gatsby

6. Nick notes that the illusion of one’s world breaks down when outsiders enter it. In what ways is Gatsby’s illusionary world starting to break down? What truth do we see?

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Gatsby has based his life on an illusion He thinks he can cut out the past and live a life with Daisy: a life that is suspended above the world and immune to the anguish that is such a big part of life. When a third person comes into Gatsby's illusion, it begins to crash. As much as Gatsby would like to erase the last five years, he cannot. Reality has a way of destroying his illusion.