Essay about Symbolism in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Secrets, lies, and deception are what wind through this classic. In The Great Gatsby, it starts with knowing one thing and then learning about another that contradicts the first. With the mystery behind every action and the roles all the symbols play, The Great Gatsby can teach a lot to a reader. The most that is taught comes from two great symbols, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg and Owl Eyes. These two symbols help to relay a main part of the plot in this classic. With all the secrets being kept and all the deception being played, something, or someone, has to know the truth. Referenced in the movie, as well as in the book, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg see everything. The book hints at this when it states the characters driving …show more content…

He was the only one that showed up to the funeral besides Nick and Gatsby’s father. He wasn’t told about it and didn’t have a reason to go but, he was there. He wasn’t oblivious to what was going on. He saw more than other people and saw the secrets trying to be hidden. All of the things that were hidden from other characters were eventually brought into the light. The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg and Owl Eyes help us to see that nothing goes unnoticed or unpunished. Secrets cannot truly be a secret. Somehow, someone outside of the secret knows and then the truth comes out and plays out how it will. As George Wilson says “she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God…God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing” (Fitzgerald 160). In this part, he is speaking of the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. But, he is really saying that nothing goes unnoticed. No matter how careful you may be, you cannot hide from the truth forever. It will catch up to you. This is portrayed in both the movie and the book. However, with the difference in approach the themes and symbols both have a slightly different effect on us. The symbols appear different. The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg aren’t as obvious to us as in the book. They are referenced and clearly pointed out in the book from Nick and Wilson. But, the movie does something better. Instead of telling us about the eyes, it introduces us to them in the beginning. It then goes on to just flash

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