Essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

1032 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Owl Eyes is the only character able to see behind Gatsby’s facade, and his omniscient knowledge makes him an omen for death.
Stumbling into Gatsby 's extensive library, Nick and Jordan happen upon an Owl-Eyed man who, by acting surprised, implies his ability to see past Gatsby’s pretense. Once the owl-eyed man finds Gatsby’s books he exclaims, “ ‘See!”... ‘It’s a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too - didn’t cut the pages…’” (Fitzgerald 46). In the 1920’s, wealthy people would buy books to seem intelligent. But, because the rich folks would not read the books, they would cut out the useless pages. However because Gatsby’s pages are not cut, he differs from wealthy people. Gatsby’s facade is that his wealth makes him happy, just like any other rich man out there. But Gatsby, unlike other wealthy people of his time, worked his way up to the top through dedication, education and perseverance only in hopes to achieve happiness through something other than wealth; Daisy. Ironically, during the 1920’s automobiles were a symbol of wealth and in the end, Gatsby’s wealth ultimately leads to his death. In the library, Owl-Eyes sees more than just a rich man, despite what everyone else sees, by looking past the books and looking into the true Gatsby. Owl-Eyes, in his extensive knowledge of other people’s books, sees Gatsby’s…

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