Causes Of Depression In The Great Gatsby

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Depression is “A mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.” (Mayo Clinic) Both Gatsby and Holden experience this throughout the novel because of the actions done through the novel this results in negative feelings. In the novel The Great Gatsby is set around the roaring twenties. Nick moves to West Egg where he has a strange neighbor which later becomes his friend. Nick has a cousin that live in East Egg is where people have money that’s been inherit. He meets his cousin Daisy and her Husband Tom they have dinner and talk. Tom and Nick go and meet women at an apartment downtown NYC we find out that Tom has a mistress her name is Myrtle Wilson. Nick was personally invited by his neighbor to come to one of his …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald explains the death of someone important in Gatsby life, his name is Dan Cody. “ Ella Kaye came on board one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody inhospitably died.” (Fitzgerald 107) Dan Cody lost his mentor and his guide, after he left his parents Dan Cody become his figure and him losing that changed Gatsby. Gatsby losing him made him depressed that’s why he always says “Old Sport” something Dan Cody said. J.D. Salinger says that Holden lost someone he cared about and his name was Allie Caulfield. “He 's dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946” (Salinger 21) Him losing his little brother was hard on him that was when Holden started to become depressed because losing someone you love dies. In both novel they lost someone they loved and what happened to them was they got sad and became depressed.
In the novels The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D.Salinger, both authors explore the negative effects of depression through characterization. In both novel there is this recurrences of depression and both characters in the novel experience this. Leaving and losing something important in a life could result in deep depression. Getting out of depression hole can be hard but as long you have friends and have a goal in mind you can dig yourself

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