Great Gatsby Loneliness Essay

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Loneliness Essay In the book The Great Gatsby, almost all the characters deal with loneliness in their lives at some point or another. Jay Gatsby started his life lonely, lived his life lonely and died lonely. "He had never really accepted…his parents." (pg.99). At a young age he began his journey to make something out of himself. He never got along with his parents so he left the house and started to make money so he could win Daisy back. He lived by himself and was involved in illegal activities such as bootlegging. In the middle of his life, he lived by himself in a beautiful house and dreamed everyday of Daisy. He lived each day dreaming of the day he was going to rekindle what he had with Daisy. Jay Gatsby faced many consequences because of living a lonely life. He was murdered not because he was lonely but because he got involved with the wrong people. If he had not fallen in love with Daisy, Tom might not have hated him and wouldn't have told Wilson that it was all Gatsby's fault for his wife dying. At Gatsby's funeral, you see the lonely life that he lived. Of all the people that had come to his house to use his cars, money, and parties, not one of them came to pay their respects at his funeral. Only Nick and his father cared enough to attend Gatsby's funeral. Not even his "love of his life" bothered to send flowers to pay her respects; instead she was off with her money and having a great time. Jay Gatsby's life was as lonely as they can get. He did deal with his loneliness by having parties every weekend. He used these parties as a way to gain respect and to show off what he had made of himself. People came from all over the place and no one seemed to care at all if Gatsby was even there or not. "People were not invited - they were there…sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all" (pg.41). The guests that came to his house used it as a place to met and party. "My eyes fell on Gatsby standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another…but not one swooned backward on Gatsby and no French bob touched Gatsby's shoulder, and no singing quartets were formed with Gatsby's head for one link" (pg.50). Even though he used his parties as a way to cope with his loneliness he still ended up being the one alone in the midst of all his guests. Even with a thousand people in his house he is still separate and alone. Gatsby's house represents a way of him coping with his loneliness. The house represents what he created to impress and win Daisy's love back. He bought the house right across the lake from Daisy so he could be close to her. Gatsby used his parties to gain recognition and to some how find a way of becoming closer to Daisy. The green light also helps Gatsby deal with his loneliness. When Gatsby can see the green light he knows that Daisy is right there. The green light represents Daisy's life. When he can see the light across the lake he knows his "love of his life"...

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