Theme Of Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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Just imagine everything that happens to people in life, positive or negative, someone was watching; or maybe someone has always had a lot of wisdom and mystery to share with people. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are two examples of symbolism that explains how someone was always watching over the characters in the novel and, another example of how one person had so much compassion for another. The two examples out of the many throughout the novel are Doctor T.J. Eckleburg and The Owl-eyed man. The novel has many reoccurring themes, two of the many are having wealth and a social status in society and what it means for a person, and how forgiveness and compassion for others is expressed in the novel. Symbolism is related fairly easily to the theme throughout the novel too. Generally speaking Doctor T.J. Eckleburg sees everything, even though he is just eyes on a billboard. Doctor T.J. Eckleburg holds a deeper meaning than portrayed in the novel. The quote "but his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under the sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground" (28). This quote states how Doctor T.J. Eckleburg has been watching and thinking deeply about the crumby actions of the people towards the town. Doctor T.J. Eckleburg's eyes like stated above hold a deeper meaning, he is seen to be like God. God sees and hears everything everywhere in the world, and is not always satisfied in what happens. The novel slightly hints to the eyes of

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