In the novel, The Great Gatsby, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg represents god, the all seeing and all knowing god, which society, cannot fool.
George Wilson believes that the advertisement’s eyes are the eyes of god. “I spoke to her,” he muttered, after a long silence. “I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God. I took her to her to the window, and I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me but you can’t fool God.” Fitzgerald explains that the eyes can see everything, including Myrtle’s affair. Myrtle has put her interests before everyone else’s, and the eyes can see this.
The way the advertisement of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg is described in the novel also gives a god like feeling. “But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dusk which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic-Their 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 . . . his eyes, dimmed a little by many painless says under the sin and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground.” The description gives a sense that there is a giant being that watches constantly over the land in any weather. The eyes are also describes as unhappy, as thought it is unhappy of what it is seeing in society. The eyes are unhappy of the 1920’s society, the people are spending large amounts of money and act selfishly.
The symbol of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg is very much appropriate for this novel. It explains shows that the author is disappointed with the way society was in the 1920’s just as the eyes seem to watch over society seem unhappy. Throughout the novel the author shows the faults of society at this time period. [continues]
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