The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays

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In the novel, “The Great Gatsby”, author F. Scott Fitzgerald describes the protagonist Jay Gatsby in a strange and interesting way. Nick Carraway states that, “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him,” The words “unbroken” and “success” tell the reader that Gatsby is something of perfection, or is at least this is the way he presents himself to be. Nick further compares Gatsby to the most pristine piece of technology of the 1920s, the seismograph. This further illustrates the mechanic perfectionism of Gatsby’s personality. It is interesting that Fitzgerald uses such strange and dehumanizing qualities to describe Gatsby.

Fitzgerald uses the symbolism and ideas of vision heavily throughout his novel, The Great Gatsby. In Chapter 2 Fitzgerald introduces the symbol and icon of the book, “Dr. T.J. Eckleburg.” This is a ginormous billboard of two blue eyes with spectacles that overlooks the City of Ashes. In the novel, Nick states, “we walked back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg’s persistent stare.” Doctor Eckleburg is often compared to God. The City of Ashes is where Tom meets and picks up his mistress Myrtle, and it is no coincidence that she lives in direct eye line with the billboard. Eckleburg oversees everything: secrets, lies, deceit, and truth, much like a God-like figure. Fitzgerald also describes Myrtle’s husband, George, (who has no idea of the affair) as having “light blue eyes.”…

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