For many people in America, the years immediately following World War I and II were characterized with anger and resentment. Survivors who came of age during the during these times, were left alienated from the world. After the war, many social ways were abandoned. It left people to redefine themselves in a world that crushed their beliefs and dreams. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald uses the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, to demonstrate that he is a victim to the alienation by the surrounding society. Jay Gatsby is alienated because of his concealed and apprehensive behaviors that do not allow the community to know every personal detail about him. He also becomes alienated because of his past poverty life and his creed. Jay’s kind actions and caring for others is seen as antagonized by the public and he is avoided as a result.