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Machinery Induced Insanity: How Technology Connects and Isolates in The Great Gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is a man searching for connection in an increasingly automated world. Technology surrounds Nick — he takes cars, calls his friends on the phone, and goes to parties that new inventions have made possible. Nick works with bonds in both senses of the word, both trading debt and searching for love and friendship. Yet the more he immerses himself in New York and its technological wonders, the more isolated he feels. By the end of the novel, technology has…

Sydney Weiner

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