Symbolism Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Katelyn Sullivan
Professor Cahan
College Writing (CUL-221624-01X)
30 November 2015

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of the greatest American novels ever written. A major aspect of the story is its symbolism, which is depicted through Fitzgerald’s views regarding American society in the 1920’s. Two significant elements of symbolism include, the green light and the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. Each component to the storyline is equally crucial and can also remain symbolic to principles of life in general. The symbolism in The Great Gatsby is universal and easily relatable to American society and modern-day songs.
The “eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg” is the name of a huge ad located in an unpopulated area between West Egg and New York City known as the “Valley of Ashes.” The eyes are “blue and gigantic – their retinas are one yard high” and “they look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles.” (Fitzgerald 23)
Notably, the ad is much more than just an illustration on a billboard. The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg represent God staring down upon the world and judging American Society especially, the thoughtless actions of the characters in the story. The eyes are present when each of the cruelest acts occurs during the novel. The eyes are “looking” when Nick first meets Daisy’s husband’s mistress. They are also there during the hit and run in the Valley of Ashes, and the loss of…
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