Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Symbolism Essay Jay Gatsby’s mansion was inspired by a couple of real life mansions, the Oheka castle in Huntington, New York was one of the mansions that inspired Gatsby’s house (24 Great Gatsby Facts, Fact 11). The Great Gatsby is about an extremely wealthy and mysterious man who nobody knows much about also nobody knows how he came to be wealthy either. The title of the book is the name of one of the main characters called Jay Gatsby. Symbolism is shown throughout the book, symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Fitzgerald uses the symbols of the green light and the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg to help develop the themes. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg are a representation of God and God judges people everyday and nobody can hide their actions …show more content…

For instance, Nick said, “ I didn’t call fro him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone -- he stretched out his arms toward the dark in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. I glanced seaward -- and distinguished nothing except a single green light , minute and far away, that might have been the end of the dock.” (pg. 25-29, Fitzgerald). This evidence shows that the green light represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future with Daisy. In addition, Nick talks about the green light as if it is a representation of what life was like before the settlers “ A fresh, green breast of the new world.” (pg. 189, Fitzgerald). In this example, Nick compares the green light to what America must have looked like before the settlers tore down the trees and built cities. Overall, Gatsby’s hopes and dreams and Nick’s view of the past like how the world was before America had built its cities, is represented by the green

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