The Role Of God In The Great Gatsby

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Some people believe in God and others don 't. There have been countless changes in morals and values throughout the various time periods in America. For example, the 1920s was a time of economic growth, jazz, prohibition, gender role change, and morality changes. The 1920s was a time when people tended to stray from what were previously common morals. It was no longer important to put God first in life. Throughout the novel though, it can be said that metaphorically God is always watching. Though in the the 1920s God took a back seat in most peoples lives, he was still present throughout the novel. God was metaphorically watching through Owl Eyes and Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, and contributes to the overall theme of The Great Gatsby. Owls are …show more content…
Eckleburg [keep] their vigil" (124). This quote from The Great Gatsby is referring to the obsolete billboard which looms over the iniquitous garage of Myrtle and George Wilson. Dr. Eckleburg 's eyes most likely represent the eyes of God. It could be said that the Wilson 's is sinful ground. Here is where Tom met Myrtle and they carry out their not so secret dalliance. Also, it is the sight of the obscure hit-and-run that kills Myrtle Wilson. All the while "God" is supposedly watching over. It says that Dr. Eckleburg, "set them (the eyes on the billboard) there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens" (24). It later proceeds to explain that Dr. Eckleburg most likely moved on and no longer owns the practice. This is concluded by looking at the decrepit state in which the billboard is in. The eyes of the Dr. Eckleburg are, "dimmed a little by many paint less days under sun and rain" (24). The 1920s was a state of corruption and morality. By talking about the dilapidated state of the billboard advertisement, it is showing how the world is in much the same state as the worn billboard. There is little time for God, as there are new priorities, God is just a figure in the background. Also, not everyone notices the billboard. Just like not everyone takes time to "see" God and make him a part of their daily life. Throughout the novel, Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, represents God. And how he is always present and sees everything, …show more content…
When Daisy hits and kills Myrtle she thinks no one will ever know. Who knows maybe no one will, but in the shadows were the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, watching over the entire time. The giant billboard centered around a pair of eyes with specticals, towers over the Wilson 's ' garage, watching the every sinful move of the novel 's characters. The acumen of the Owl Eyed man surfaces at the end of the novel and contributes to the theme, in that Owl Eyes knew something no one else did. Gatsby yearns for the green light, which turns out to be the light from the end in Daisy 's dock. As the novel wraps up it 's understood that Gatsby never fulfilled his desires on this Earth before his passing. He never got to be with his one true paramour. He lived his life as a fake to, in his mind, fulfill some lifelong ambition of being good enough for Daisy. Owl Eyes brings forth this presumption when he converses with Jordan and Nick in the library. It again reiterates the fact that someone is always watching, and this person could be said to take on an almost God-like aura. The 1920s were a time of cultural change and immorality, but what people sometimes forget is that God is always watching. Though he may have been faded figure in the 1920s he 's always present,

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