Art In The Great Gatsby

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Artwork is everywhere we look and everywhere we go. Art is considered one of the most influential commodities in this world. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, is considered a piece of influential American art. Paintings and other works of art often times tie in with books. In terms of The Great Gatsby, El Greco, a revolutionary artist, drew a painting of Toledo that connects with the book. In El Greco’s, Toledo, the city is looked over by God, much like T.J Eckleburg watches over the Valley of Ashes, in Toledo, behind the clouds there hides a storm that will be unleashed on the city much like how the plot played out, the painting Toledo, has many beautiful buildings, but it is still dark much like the Great Gatsby all the beautiful homes and wealthy people cannot hide the darkness that truly lives in this town. Whenever a character passed through the Valley of Ashes, T.J Eckleburg was mentioned, his large glasses watching over the city. Much like God watches the people of Toledo, T.J Eckleburg always seems to be watching over the Valley of Ashes. Furthermore, it is obvious that God is present in El Greco’s painting, T.J Eckleburg is present when the plot takes a turn, for example Myrtle’s death. Continuing on, in the book George Wilson, Myrtle 's husband, says, “God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God” (Fitzgerald 159). The quote is stating that Myrtle can fool George into believing she is not cheating,
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