The Great Gatsby
Great Or Not So Great
In F. Scott Fitzgerald?s novel, The Great Gatsby we see the constant battle between morality and secularism, mainly through his use of symbolism. Two main symbols used throughout his work are the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg and the green light.
One must sometimes wonder why people create dreams and images of false hope which almost never come true. But it?s no surprise why the people of the Valley of Ashes disillusion themselves in this gloomy town. The narrator, Nick, first introduces the Eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg in the beginning of chapter two. At this point in the novel the eyes don?t seem to represent anything of importance to him. At first sight, all he sees are, ?A pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose?. (pg 27) After Nick?s description of the billboard, he doesn?t discuss it any further, thus implying that he only saw it as an object and really didn?t put much though into it. However, in chapter seven, Nick has a different outlook on the eyes. He states that, ?The eyes were regarding us with a peculiar intensity?? (pg
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