The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg

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Subject:
Reading Comprehension
Grade:
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The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg

Throughout The Great Gatsby there are many symbols with different meanings. One symbol is the billboard in the Valley of Ashes as shown on the left. This billboard is an advertisement of a local oculist in the Valley of Ashes.The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg symbolize the loss of spiritual values in America and the Eyes of God.This billboard symbolizes the loss of spiritual values in America by showing how wealth reflected the type of person you were. An example from the novel is Tom Buchanan and how without his wealth people would have no reason to talk to him.The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg symbolize the Eyes of God by seeing everything that occurs in the Valley of Ashes such as the affair with Tom and Myrtle, the dinner in the apartment, Myrtle's death, and Wilson planning his revenge on Gatsby.

"The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic-their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, form a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over the non-existent nose"(23)."Over the ashheaps the giant eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg kept their vigil"(124).

"The Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg represent judgment by God and Gatsby's thought process throughout the novel"(Keryn Arnold).

-Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.

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