Symbolism For God In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Everyone wants what they can’t have. The poor want money and the rich want privacy and a good reputation. The dramatic novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is full of instances where people look for something bigger than themselves and where others look for a way to escape the public. Doctor T.J Eckleburg's purpose in the book is to serve as a symbol for God, to represent the clash between the upper class and lower class, and to act as a catalyst for certain tragic events. The presence of this motif shows F. Scott Fitzgerald’s imagination and wit, since Dr. T.J. Eckleburg is fictional but critical to the development of the plot.
In the Valley of Ashes, between East Egg and West Egg, there is a billboard with “...eyes...blue and gigantic…[whose] retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose (Fitzgerald 23).” These blue and gigantic eyes belong to Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. To George Wilson these eyes represent God’s omniscient power. "Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg which had just emerged, pale, and enormous, from the dissolving night. ‘God sees everything’, repeated Wilson (Fitzgerald 160).” Wilson finally finds out that his wife, Myrtle, is having an affair. He interprets Doctor Eckleburg’s stare as confirmation that whoever killed Myrtle is also her former lover. “I told her she might fool me
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