10 October 2012
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 real until his very end. This theme was evident early on in the novel; Nick concludes both chapters one and two with descriptive scenes of him ending up alone and how that it came to be. By the third chapter Nick becomes more social in the novel, but somehow he still finds himself alone in a crowd of people. “The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names. (p.40)” Nick talks about a typical party as crowded and lively but at the same time lonely, whereas in a small get together there is no privacy at all. In his description of the party Nick mentions “introductions forgotten on the spot," and "who never knew each other’s names." This only creates the feeling of being alone and begets a cycle where one always ends up alone. A cycle that slowly progresses through the story until one is the same way that they began, alone. Isolation’s impact in the novel is only more supported by the effects that it has had on the characters. The most significant of those effects are of the physical and...