Great Gatsby - Loneliness

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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" is there and he feels so much closer to her.

Jay Gatsby's illusions play a major role in his lonely life. Each day of his life is filled with thought and dreams about the one day he will finally meet Daisy again. If it wasn't for the illusions he would have been able to meet someone else and he would have never lived such a secluded, lonely life. All his illusions played a major part in the life he did live. Each day was a dream to him, until the day he finally got to live out all the illusions and dreams he had made. "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of his colossal vitality of his illusions" (pg.101). Gatsby had built up such an image of Daisy that probably some point in the afternoon when they met she had fell short of what he had imagined. Gatsby's illusions played out all the decisions in his life. Through his whole life he lived out the illusions and never found time to meet and have fun with other people. He secluded himself and turned to being very lonely. He also was very "self-centered" in his whole life. Gatsby never really cared much about anyone else. At his parties he never met anyone and never tried to form any friendships. He was very "self-centered" in the way that he only cared about his dreams of meeting Daisy. His "self-centeredness" did lead him to a very lonely life. He made decisions to live for Daisy and only Daisy. Gatsby did become friends with Nick but in a way, he only used Nick as a way of getting closer to Daisy. I'm sure he cared about Nick and was a true friend but he might have only become friends at first with him because he knew Daisy. Gatsby pretty much only cared and about his dreams and because of it his life was really lonely and not fun at all.

At the end of the book Jay Gatsby paid for his consequences for living all his life with one dream. He did get close with Daisy but because he did he had his life taken away from him. He was murdered because Daisy was too conceded to admit to her mistake of hitting Wilson's wife Myrtle. Gatsby paid for her mistakes. If Gatsby had not become close with Daisy, Tom would never have hated him so much. "I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out" (pg.137). Tom did not like the idea one bit, that Daisy was getting closer and closer with Gatsby. If Gatsby had stayed away from Daisy, Tom would have never hated him and probably wouldn't have told Wilson that it was Gatsby's car that hit Myrtle. Gatsby made an enemy with Tom and his life was ended because of it. He died lonely because he never tried to make friends. At his funeral, Gatsby's lonely life showed. Only Nick and Gatsby's father came to pay their respects to him. Of all the people that had come to Gatsby's house to use his money, cars and parties, not one of them came and to pay their respect to him. Not even his "love of his life" send flowers or bothered to pay her respects. His one dream leads him to being all alone at his funeral. "Gatsby himself didn't believe [her call] would come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream" (pg.162). Even Gatsby has realized that he had lived too long with his one dream. He can tell that his lonely life is a consequence because he lived with one dream for too long. Now that it is gone he is paying for the consequences. His decisions really didn't affect too many people in his life. Gatsby was a lonely person that didn't really have anyone in his life except for Nick. Nick saw through all the illusions that Gatsby lived for. "They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together". Nick saw that Gatsby was a great person living a life in a dream. Nick had to deal with the consequences of Gatsby's death. Nick had become good friends with Gatsby and in a way it was hard for Nick to deal with the death.

Jay Gatsby lived with many consequences in his life. He lived a lonely life and never had many friends at all. All the people in his life used his cars, money, house and parties but never cared to say anything to him. You could say that Gatsby is the perfect example of a lonely person nestled in a blanket of money. He has all the money you could imagine but that was never good enough for him. You would think that rich people would have a perfect life but he didn't. Gatsby was lonely and lived each day with an illusion and never was able to come out of it. He lived lonely and died lonely. If he hadn't lived in an illusion for so long, he would have been able to make friends and never would have been as lonely as he was.