“..he reached out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling.. And distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been at the end of a dock.” (25)
"I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the park through the soft twilight but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair." (40)
"Precisely at that point it vanished - and I was looking at an elegant young rough - neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I'd got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care." (53)
"She began to cry - she cried and cried. I rushed out and found her mother's maid and we locked the door and got her into a cold bath. She wouldn't let go of the letter... Next day at five o'clock she married Tom Buchanan without so much as a shiver and started off on a three months' trip to the South Seas." (81)
"It was time I went back. While the rain continued it had seemed like the murmur of their voices, rising and swelling a little, now and then, with gusts of emotion. But in the new silence I felt that silence had fallen within the house too." (94)
In the Great Gatsby, isolation is placed in a few of the characters in subtle ways to hint the reader at their miserable day to day lives holding a facade in order to stay relevant in their standards. In the first 3 chapters, the feeling of isolation while being in groups of other people that they cannot relate to is shown. For Gatsby, it's revealed in an elusive way while Nick's secluded feelings are visible due to his constant criticisms of the people around him. Later in the story, more indications of isolation is located not just in Nick and Gatsby, but Daisy. In chapter 5 Jordan reveals a memory of Daisy breaking down from the realization that she is throwing her life away for a man who only loves those in his own social class and cannot turn back. Her grim decisions lead into the next chapter where Gatsby and Daisy reunite and have a bittersweet reunion. The rain becomes increasingly heavier as they talk, indicating Gatsby's downfall and Nick's silent wonder and isolated view of what is happening. Chapters 6-8 begin the downfall of Gatsby's dream and his descent into the dark. He had been consumed by his dream, so much so that Nick had left him alone to stand at Gatsby staring at the grave of his own dream and is unable to lift the veil and see his reality. At the end, Nick is left alone to reminisce about Gatsby and is sees only his distorted view of the East. He sees how the people truly are and can't unsee the broken dreams all around him. The depravity and cruelty of the people make him go back home to where he isn't isolated in a corrupted city full of careless people.
Nick displays boredom and creates a place where he leaves the party and embraces the quiet. He has no desire to become friendly with fake people.
The parties Gatsby throws keeps himself from being lonely. All he ever wanted was to achieve the dream.
The letter Daisy receives opens up her true feelings about her situation. She's marrying a man who loves her for her social class. She has no choice but to move on without Gatsby at this point, and in that moment her feelings of utter despair and loneliness rush out.
The use of weather symbolizes the emotions in the chapter, specifically the mood Nick, Gatsby and Daisy portray. Their reunion is heartfelt, but ultimately bittersweet as they have both changed drastically. Nick understands this, and leaves.
"He put his hands in his coat pockets and turned back eagerly to his scrutiny of the house, as though my presence marred the sacredness of the vigil. So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight - watching over nothing.”
“He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of him perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was..” (117)
Gatsby's idea of Daisy had consumed his life. He followed his 'definite way' of getting Daisy again, achieving his dream of luxury. This only led to his own separation from others and eventually to his own demise.
Gatsby is closer to Daisy's house, but the light is gone. It clashes with the symbols in the first chapter. He stands outside waiting for a response from Daisy in hopes that his dream hasn't died. Nick is unable to talk to him and feels like he is disturbing his lonesome vigil, and leaves Gatsby to watch his shattered dream alone.
"His gorgeous pink rag of a suit made a bright spot of color against the white steps and I thought of the night when I first came to his ancestral home three months before. The lawn had been crowded with the faces of those who guessed at his corruption - and he had stood on those steps, concealing his incorruptible dream, as he waved them goodbye." (153)
Nick reminisces on Gatsby waving goodbye to the guests leaving his house. His final goodbye to Gatsby sent him back to the first night he had visited and how Gatsby had stood alone waving them off while holding the dying light of his dream.
"After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction. So when the blue smoke of brittle leaves was in the air and the wind blew the wet laundry stiff on the line I decided to come home." (185)
Nick's view of the East is distorted after Gatsby's death. All he sees is everyone breaking each other. He feels isolated from this and always has since the beginning, but after Gatsby's death the reality of the world is shown. Being unable to take this weight he goes back home where he wasn't isolated and corruption hadn't taken place.
Nick notices Gatsby standing alone in the dark reaching towards the green light across the dock. His trembling hand symbolizing the impatient happiness he feels towards his goal being so close yet so far. Nick cannot understand Gatsby and his feelings, and both are left alone in the dark.
Nick feels uncomfortable and alone at the party. He criticizes the people silently and wishes to escape.