Double Vision In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby, Scott F. Fitzgerald utilizes “double vision” by connecting the communities through their actions. More specifically, this pairing was used to exemplify their personalities. East egg, West egg, and Gatsby depict this double vision. Jay Gatsby is seen with dichotomous ideas. In chapter three, he hosted a magnificent party at his house. It makes sense that Gatsby would be involved in the party. However, that was not the case. He was seen “standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes” [ch.3, 54]. Earlier in the chapter, no one was able to locate him. This proves that Gatsby preferred solitude than involvement in the party. This suggests that Gatsby is an introvert that enjoys seeing others…show more content…
Firstly, both have separate ideas on privacy. Tom had an affair with Myrtle, which everyone seemed to know about. Referencing Tom’s mistress, Myrtle, Nick stated, “the fact that he had one was insisted upon wherever he was known”[ch.2, 28]. This suggests that Tom not only wanted it to be publicized, but was proud of his actions. Gatsby, who lived in west egg, was concealed from the community. People questioned who he was, and was seen as a legend, as if he was not even real. Gatsby was a mystery to Daisy, as she questioned, “What Gatsby?” [ch.1, 15]. She did not say “who”, but rather used “what” to suggest he was a myth or an object. Also, East and West egg have different decor styles. Suggesting a more sincere environment, East egg was more sophisticated since they had natural light and candles. In the Buchanan’s house, “four candles flickered on the table in the diminished wind” [ch.1, 16]. This further explains the their mature setting. On the other hand, West egg uses artificial lights, streamers, and banners. Gatsby’s residence has “enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous garden” [ch.3, 44]. The color and variety of the decorations signify a more jovial environment,
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