As well as being an illusionist, Gatsby is also under the illusion that he has the ability to change the past.
His previous romance with Daisy failed as he wasn’t wealthy enough to provide everything that Daisy longed for.
Jay Gatsby is the epitome of illusion, and is the central illusionist in the novel.
However an illusion is also created by Daisy Buchanan with regards to her true feelings for Gatsby.
As well as being an illusionist Gatsby is under the illusion that he can change the past.
Additionally it could be argued that the attendees of Gatsby’s parties are illusionists in their own right.He believes that under his new persona of Jay Gatsby he can rectify his past mistakes and create a future with Daisy regardless of what happened.When Nick tells him he can’t change the past he replies incredulously “Why of course you can.’’ It is this mixed up illusion that drives Gatsby’s American Dream, making him not only the master of illusion but the victim of illusion.As highlighted above, Jay Gatsby is an illusion created to help Gatsby attain his American Dream, however in creating and maintaining this illusion he engages in criminal activities.His criminal corruption, although kept under wraps, widely discussed at his parties.Whilst Jay Gatsby is an illusion created to make Daisy fall in love with him, Daisy Buchanan also creates an illusion of her own.Daisy twice leads Gatsby to believe that she loves him, creating the illusion that the two of them will be together only to break this.Another key part of Gatsby’s illusion is the forced formality he uses when speaking, giving the impression that “he was picking his words with care’’ and referring to others as “old sport’’.On account of his total remodelling of himself, Jay Gatsby is very much the true illusionist of the novel and causes the theme of illusion to dominate throughout.He is rumoured to have “killed a man’’, takes long distance phone calls late at night and associates with Meyer Wolfsheim, a notorious gangster.When questioned about his wealth Gatsby simply says that he inherited it.