What Does The Home Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby In the novel “ The Great Gatsby” F. Scott Fitzgerald presents corruption and decay through the symbolism of Tom and Daisy’s home, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, and the desolate land of the valley of ashes. The Buchanan’s home overflows in luxury and beauty, but in the inside its rotten and decaying. The house symbolizes the corruption and decay that is concealed with money, luxury, and beauty. “ Georgian colonial mansion, overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile.” From the outside the home is described as a captivating environment. The house overlooking the bay symbolizes the hopes and dreams that are masking what’s really happening on the inside. Everything seemed to be normal and joyous, but it is soon revealed that the Buchanans are not the perfect family. “ You did it Tom, she said accusingly. I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. Thats what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big, hulking physical specimen of a…” Daisy complains about her bruised knuckle caused by Tom, this shows the internal affairs of the home , symbolizing …show more content…

J. Eckleburg on an old advertising billboard overlooking the worn-down town is a powerful image symbolizing God’s eyes. “But his eyes, dimmed a little by many painless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground.” The image of the eyes is corroding after many daily harsh conditions. This symbolizes the lost hope of the people from the town. It may also symbolize the idea of God fading away from the desolate land. “ Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away.” The billboard was initially set up for advertising purposes, its worn out state indicates that the creator lost his business or just forgot about it. “ Sank down himself into eternal

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