Symbolism In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The selling point of America is established in it being a land of opportunity; a solace to those harboring wishes for better days, better lives, better futures. The markers for having made it appear advertised as shiny, brand name products no sensible member of society could live without. Products lovely enough to obscure the polluted minds of those leading unfulfilling lives. When these allusions of a better life to be obtained are presented, a world where religion and spirituality takes a back seat, emerges. In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's enduring American classic, The Great Gatsby, capitalism has baptized itself, reappearing with the new name of religion to entrance the defenseless poverty-stricken. With all the allure of the 1920s, corruption proved conspicuous. Fitzgerald hints immediately to the East having abandoned traditionally American values in the pursual of dreams through narrator Nick Carraway, who gives meaning to a critical symbol. It is presented as "the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg… blue and gigantic… They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose” (Fitzgerald 23). The way the sight is relayed surprises readers. No reader expects a description of huge, disembodied eyes from the start. It becomes less disconcerting once the narrator, after going on for four lines about these eyes, relays that they are on a billboard. Allowing just enough time for strange images to be conjured up, Carraway
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