Loneliness in the Great Gatsby

1398 WordsFeb 14, 20126 Pages
Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the unfortunate reality of loneliness consumes the lives of the majority of the characters. The time period portrayed in this novel, the 1920’s, had brought about several changes for people. It was highly common for large groups of people to join together for parties with endless drinking, dancing and celebrating. However, when the night was over and the festivities finished, most people were forced right back into their regular everyday lives feeling all alone. The wealthy class in society would continue living each and every day miserably lonely as long as they still maintained their materialistic lifestyle. Fitzgerald uses the characters in this book to demonstrate the constant loom of…show more content…
The people in his life count on him for favors and advice and judgment. He has nothing to live for, and no one to share his life with. The only person Nick spends considerable amounts of time with is Gatsby, who in turn uses him to become closer with Daisy. When Nick first arrived at one of the parties at Gatsby’s own house, he “slunk off in the direction of the cocktail table-the only place in the garden where a single man could linger without looking purposeless and alone”(42) when in fact purposeless and alone in the exact description of Nick’s life. He is highly ignorant with being single and alone but eventually attaches himself to Jordan Baker because he is simply dying for some kind of attention from anyone. His desperateness is obvious when he chooses to spend his time with Jordan, who is highly self-centered and untruthful. Towards the end of the story, Nick nearly forgot it was his thirtieth birthday, yet this was not anything to look forward to for thirty was simply “the promise of a decade of loneliness” (135). Fitzgerald uses this unmemorable birthday to further display the loneliness in Nick’s life. Throughout the book, Nick is all alone, whether he is with Tom and Myrtle, Daisy and Gatsby or at a party surrounded by thousands of guests. During the 1920’s, divorce was looked down upon, and therefore affairs outside ones marriage were unfortunately popular. While Tom is having an affair with Myrtle, George
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