The Great Gatsby

Gatsby cover

The Great Gatsby is a significant novel to consider when looking at anonymity. Just from the title alone, the novel has a more exhibitionist feel to it rather than anonymous, with Jay Gatsby being a figure of immense curiosity and observation. Yet the novel examines the critical and emotional value of anonymity as well beginning to bring in the tension between internal and external anonymity. We see not only the effect of anonymity on characters such as Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, but also get a glimpse into what anonymity means to modernism as a whole.