Great Gatsby Study Package

Topics: Jay Gatsby, Arnold Rothstein, The Great Gatsby / Pages: 8 (1930 words) / Published: Jan 9th, 2011
The Great Gatsby Study Package
Symbolism:
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg’s Eyes:
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg’s eyes, in The Great Gatsby, symbolize a kind of guardian angel or god that watches over the valley of ashes. “The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic- their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose” The above quote establishes the authority of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, the fact that the retinas of the eyes are one yard high establish for us the overpowering size and authority of the eyes. The fact that the eyes “look out of no face” and that we can see nothing but the eyes and its yellow spectacles also enforce the idea that the eyes are godly this is because god is a figure whom nobody can see, but we know he looks upon us.
“But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg.” This quote shows us that the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg which symbolize god are watching over nothingness of land where the poor, such as Myrtle Wilson and Wilson, reside. The ashheaps which the eyes are looking over are completely the opposite of the more lavish East and West Egg.
“But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground” This quote shows us how the god has dimmed looking over the poor land and endured many problems of the poor that live in the valley of ashes

“I turned me head as though I had been warned of something behind. Over the ashheaps the giant eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg kept their vigil but I perceived, after a moment, that the other eyes were regarding us less than twenty feet away. In one of the windows over the garage the curtains had been moved aside, and Myrtle Wilson was peering down at the car.” In this quote we see that the god has warned Nick of something behind which

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