Great Gatsby Analysis

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Smithley Vil Mr.Haughey World Literature 10 October 2012 Gatsby Analysis Isolation is a significant and recurring theme throughout the novel “The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, that has had a great impact on its characters. A few in particular are Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, and “Jay Gatsby”. Nick who appears to be everyone’s closest friend and confidante when he is really the most alienated character in the novel. Daisy Buchanan who feels alone and ignored, even while married, with her child, and all the luxuries of West Egg life. And the latter, for which the novel is named, a self-made man with everything anyone could ask for, who throws parties with hundreds of surrounding him still feels alone and that feeling becomes…show more content…
Lonesomeness’ impact on these characters has had varying emotional effects on the characters even though they all, more or less “are in the same boat.” For example, although physically Nick and Gatsby are in very similar situations, continually surrounded by people they care nothing for and by the end of the day each of these men finds himself alone, it has created very different but profound changes of the mental states of each of them. “A little before three the Lutheran minister arrived from Flushing, and I began to look involuntarily out the windows for other cars. So did Gatsby’s father…The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and asked him to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came (pg.174).” Gatsby being alone in death has a great effect on Nick, which is why Gatsby’s death bothers him so much; it serves as an example of his fears of eventual isolation. Nick’s only changes are that he seems to have come to terms with his own fears and insecurities although only more so after witnessing the effects of Gatsby’s. “I’ve got something to tell you, old sport ——” began Gatsby… You must be crazy! Exclaimed Tom automatically. Gatsby sprang to his feet, vivid with excitement. She never loved you, do you hear?” he cried. “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of
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