The Great Gatsby Essay

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Introduction
This report provides an analysis of multi-meaningful symbols in the novel The Great Gatsby as well as the meanings behind them. The symbols used in the novel will be highlighted and described through this reports entirety. These symbols are The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, which is a billboard that stands in the valley of ashes, the Green Light, which is a light that beams from the end of Daisy Buchanans dock, The Valley of Ashes, and the multiple colors used through out the novel. These symbols were found using various sites on the world wide web, such as Father Ryan, Google Books, Jstor and a few others. Featured in this report are examples of meanings interpreted by others for the symbols, such as professors, scholars and incorporations. This report also features the relations between characters that fall behind the meaning of a symbol. This report will state the meanings of each symbol presented, and the importance of this symbol throughout the novel itself. This report will relate the symbols to key points in the story to back up the meaning and analysis provided.

The Eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg
God Looking Down Upon American Society
The eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg see everything. They lie right in the middle of the Valley of Ashes, which is a fictional location in the novel, that lies between New York, and the East and West Egg. The eyes are a witness of all the corruption in the morals of others. For example, in the novel, Tom Buchanan is having an affair with a woman from the Valley of Ashes, and as they meet up to go to their apartment in New York, the pass this billboard. The eyes see Tom and Myrtle, his mistress, flee together, as Tom leaves his wife at home.
The billboard, seeing all the wrong-doing of others, is much like a higher power for those who believe in one. The higher power that some people look up too sees everything that they do. It witnesses when they do wrong, and when they do right. This power sees there every move, much like the Eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg in the novel.

Loss of Spiritual Values in America
The billboard of the eyes are an advertisement. They are commercialism, someone payed to have their business promoted on a large billboard in the Valley of Ashes. The advertisement is used to bring in more customers, which is all about bringing in the money. Life is all about money, and how much an individual is worth. In life, people are very rarely measured by their morals, personality, or their beliefs, they are measured by what they are worth. A prime example of this is in the novel, at Jay Gatsby’s Funeral, very few people show up.
“About five o’clock our procession of three cars reached the cemetery and stopped in a thick drizzle beside the gate — first a motor hearse, horribly black and wet, then Mr. Gatz and the minister and I in the limousine, and a little later four or five servants and the postman from West Egg in Gatsby’s station wagon, all wet to the skin. As...

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