The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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God in The Great Gatsby Throughout history and in many works of literature, the ideas of God and religion play very important roles in determining how people and characters act and think. Often, stories include symbols that represent God or godly power. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book The Great Gatsby chronicles the story of a rich criminal named Gatsby who spends all of his time going after Daisy, his love, but ultimately fails, resulting in a catastrophic series of events which culminate in Gatsby’s death. In the story, several symbols emerge that are often associated with God, leading the reader to believe that these have some significance to the story. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses several symbols that represent God to explore the ideas of judgement and justice. One symbol that Fitzgerald uses as a representation of godly power is the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg, an image which appears several times throughout the story. One role of God or god-like figures is usually to watch over humans and judge them based on their actions, and the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, an image which appears on a billboard in the novel, represent this aspect of God-like power. Near the beginning of the story, when this symbol is introduced, Nick refers to the eyes as follows: “But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the the solemn dumping ground.” (24) The use of “many paintless days under sun and rain” suggests that these eyes are…

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