Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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(No subject) SD Student Lauren Duche Mon 10/10/2016 8:39 AM To:; Lauren Duche Third Hour English 10/10/16 Picture this: you’re alone. It’s well past midnight as you walk solo through the inner city. Your pace quickens as you pass a dark ally. You’re almost home when you hear it. A girl, no older than twenty whimpers almost inaudibly for your help. You turn and see her barely living on the pavement, every breath is a struggle. What would you do? No one is watching you. You could walk away and pretend as if you didn’t hear her and go about your walk home or you could call for help. What you do when no one is looking shows who you really are as a person, however, someone is always watching. Symbolism is critical in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg, in my opinion, play the most important role, in terms of symbolism, throughout the novel. The oculist's billboard and its creepy eyes watch over a world without a moral center, where every character is shown to be selfish, delusional, or violent, and it is positioned on the site of the novel’s biggest moral failures. There are many different meanings to the eyes which is partially why I find it the most crucial. Envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, laziness, …show more content…

Gatsby was always envious of Tom because Tom had Daisy. He also showed greed as he told Daisy to admit to Tom that she had never loved him even though that wasn’t the case. The greed and envy Gatsby showed played a large role in what happened to him in the end. Gatsby was always watching Daisy. Built his mansion just across the bay to hold onto what once was and what could be. For years, Gatsby stood by and watched, and as he watched her, he himself was also being watched. The sins Gatsby had committed before rekindling his love for daisy as well as after all came back around in the end and is what indirectly led to his ultimate

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