The Great Gatsby cover Commentary
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a detailed account of a summer that Nick Carraway, the narrator spent in West Egg, long island, living in a house next to a colossal mansion owned by a man named Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby was known to throw many “little parties” which were anything but “little”. The story includes many influential characters such as Daisy Buchanan, who is Nick Carraways cousin, Tom Buchanan, who is Daisy’s husband, Jordan Baker, Daisy’s good friend and Nick’s love interest, Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s mistress, George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband, and of course Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a man with a pure, romantic dream, which was to get Daisy to fall in love with him again, he earns himself a great wealth and buys a ridiculously large mansion all in the hope of impressing and convincing Daisy that he is worthy of her love.
On the Cover, the first thing you see is the eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg, which are frequently mentioned in the novel. The eyes of T.J Eckleburg are on a billboard found in the Valley of Ashes, where George and Myrtle Wilson live, the Valley of Ashes is a dull, colourless place full of failed dreams. The eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg seem to be the only colour you can see in the Valley of Ashes, they appear to be watching over the town. In Chapter eight, George Wilson refers to the eyes as God, ‘“I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God. I took her to the window”’ ‘ Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg, which had emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night. ‘ on the cover, the eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg are at the top and appear to be looking down on everything else, like God looks down on everything on earth. On the book cover, the eyes are floating, representing how time floats by, also how in chapter one, Daisy and Jordan are described as floating, ‘ the only completely stationary object in...
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