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The two lead characters in the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Nick and Amy showcase lies and deceit. You can find these traits in any relationship, so when they occur in the book it’s not surprising. “People want to believe they know other people. Parents want to believe they know their kids. Wives want to believe they know their husbands.” (13, 31). Amy Dunne experiences Physiological trauma effects in this novel with her manipulative tendencies that are gained her experiences growing up. She shapes a whole town into believing that her husband killed her, even though her husband is made to seem like the good guy at the beginning of the book. Nick’s affair and Amy’s disappearance are the main conflicts that appear in the book where you can really identify the two major themes of lies and deceit. Amy suffers a multi-personality disorder throughout the entire novel as well as compulsive tendencies. Compulsive lying is when an “individual’s sense of control is affected and lying becomes more and more frequent for the person” (Clark, 2014). When Amy tells her lies such as “the woman was so possessive and so cold to me, she might as well have attacked me” (361) she over exaggerates and puts on a persona that attracts the interests of many others so she has the all eyes on her. The “cool girl” persona is used in the novel to attract Nick and take in interest in her from her other persona which would be “Amazing Amy”. According to an article written by Charles Dike, “the lies are long-lasting and this he stories present the liar favourably” (Dike, 2008). These characteristics are showcased in Amy’s lies: they require excessive planning and preparation for her plan to work out properly and successfully. Also, Amy is represented as an outstanding homemaker who is completely clear of the failing marriage. She believes that this was all Nicks’s fault and he is portrayed as the ‘plague’ in the marriage and a cause of all troubles. With all of these facts, it’s clear to see that Amy has gone throughout the whole book with untreated mental disorders. “Nick didn’t love me, Nick loved a girl who doesn’t exist.” (30,22). Amy deceives people to believe that she is a mother to be, a victim of domestic abuse between her and Nick, and she was a very quiet and introverted individual when in reality she isn’t. Her deceiving traits definitely influences all the lies she tells throughout the book. “I’m so much happier now that I’m dead.” (30,21). This quote shows that Amy Dunne was not killed by her husband, and planned a year in advance to frame Nick. The lies she tells throughout the book lead to the murder of her ex Desi Collings and theft of her money. Nick’s character also shows quite a lot of compulsions to lie in the book. His lies don’t really show characteristics of compulsive lying because he is trying to cover up the things that society believe is unacceptable. His lies are completely in Amy’s favour and results of external instincts so he doesn’t get in trouble but Nick is also at fault. Nick is a college professor who is married to Amy but is having an affair with one of his students Andi, which Amy calls her a homewrecker. In Amy’s favour she comes across Nick and Andi kissing in the snow which is every advantage to Amy to make Nick’s life miserable. Amy doesn’t confront Nick about this and Nick continues to lie about the relationship throughout the entire novel with fuels Amy’s fire even more. “I love my wife.” (31,37). He repeats this phrase throughout the entire novel which are false comments. Nick believes that his wife is the liar in the relationship, and a deceiving women who did frame him for murder. For Nick and Amy lying was a way of life for them and way to survive in society. To them lying was a non-stop cycle and wasn’t something that was a now and again scenario. With all the lying that comes to a place in their relationship comes compelling consequences, which affect Nick and Amy negativity and everyone around them. While analyzing the book you can start to notice that both main characters start showcasing traits of a sociopath. Someone with an antisocial personality disorder usually “usually executes their action for primarily one or two things: some ulterior motive like money or for the cruelty or aspect of hurting other people” (MSN, 2012). Amy’s behaviour you can see she lacks common sense and what society says is normal. We can see this because she goes over the top, especially when she tries to frame her husband for murder. In her world, she believes that she’s the hero and she has to come up with a reasonable explanation that would make her the hero in this scenario. She plays the victim so she has to create a very dramatic victim role so that she can be the hero. On Nick’s side, he becomes very desensitized. It’s kinda like the boiling frog analogy. “If you drop a frog in boiling water, he’ll jump right out. If you drop a frog in cold water and turn up the heat, he’ll slowly boil to death, because he just doesn’t realize enough to sense the big jump” (Puri, 2014). There might have been small things that slowly progressed, and he made a reason for it, and before you know it things are so out of control that he doesn’t even see how far that’s departed from normal. Nick seems to be desensitized to a lot of her behaviour in that way. Overall the novel’s themes are straightforward. Lies and deceit are a large aspect to the novel, Gone Girl. The two main characters Nick and Amy project this theme the most. Amy continues to lie so she thinks she’s getting out of trouble but she’s just digging herself a deeper hole, she is forced to manipulate everyone into thinking she is the lovable and caring “Amazing Amy”. Nicks constant lies bury him in even harder situations then he had to deal with before, he tries to overcome and subsidize ongoing problems.