Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg

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Language Arts
Reading Comprehension

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Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg

"...I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!’" Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night. "God sees everything," repeated Wilson. ~ pg. 159-160

Impact/What It Means

The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are a pair of eyes with glasses painted on an old advertising billboard over the valley of ashes. They represent God staring down upon and judging American society as unmoral. The eyes also represent how materialistic American society has become and how little people rely on religion. For some reason the connection between the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg and God exists only in George Wilson’s mind when he is grieving over the death of Myrtle.


Quote From A Pro

"The frowning eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg look down on the Valley of the Ashes as if to say that the American Dream is one big lie – the American Dream produced wealth for some (like Gatsby), but for the majority of people, their hopes for gold is just like the ashes."

The Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg


By: Logan Sizemore

"... above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic - their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose ... But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground." (27 - 28)


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