The Great Gatsby Symbolism Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… From Nick’s point of view, this is described as an area, “where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke, and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (Fitzgerald 23). It is in this region where the dismal events of the novel take place, including Tom tricking Wilson every time he intends on meeting with Myrtle, and the horrible event of the car crash that causes Myrtle’s death. Just as the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock is a symbol of the hopeful future, this industrial wasteland and home of Tom’s mistress is a representation of the “foul wasteland” of the present. More specifically, the novel symbolically signifies the hope that the current “ash heap” in our lives will transform into the future that we hope for …show more content…
Eckleburg overlooking the Valley of Ashes. This billboard, built as a means of advertising for a forgotten oculist, has many different symbols throughout the story. One thing that the eyes represent is the eyes of God. This symbolization is hinted at throughout the novel, but is specifically noted by the words of Wilson, saying to his wife Myrtle while staring at the billboard, “‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!’” (Fitzgerald 159). Other ideas that are symbolized by the eyes can be the haunting remains of the past, represented by the lasting remainder of the oculist’s medical practice (“The Great Gatsby”). A theme that can be represented by the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg is the theme of corruption of American spirituality. Throughout the novel, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg watch over the Valley of Ashes like God, seeing all of the sin produced by Myrtle and Tom. This symbolizes the downfall of spirituality by the American pursuit of wealth and possessions

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