The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Within the pages of the book, The Great Gatsby there are many symbols that allow the reader to go deeper within the story. Without the symbolism, this story is nothing more than a boy moves East, a boy loves a girl, a girl loves a boy, and ends in a tragic death. Yet author, F. Scott Fitzgerald wants you to experience his story with more meaning and depth. On the book cover I created, I use the symbols: T.J. Eckleburg's eyes, the green light, and the uncut books. First, T.J. Eckleburg's eyes appear throughout the story. Nick Carraway describes them, "the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose" (Chap. 2). "Above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg" (Chap. 2). At first, glance this is merely an old billboard hanging in between the Valley of Ashes and the Eggs. Later on, another character mentions the billboard in a different view, “George takes Myrtle to the window (from which, we know, the billboard is visible) and tells her she can't fool God” (Chap. 8). It seems as though George is implying that these eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are the eyes of God, watching every move within this story. Second, the green light is mentioned when Nick Carraway describes a moment he observed, Gatsby, “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness” (Chap. 1). To Nick this light is just one on the end of the dock; to Gatsby this green light causes him to tremble. Is it this light is a connection to Daisy? As an illusion of his new beginnings, his love, his lust, and his desire as he is reaching out for it.
Last, the uncut books are those with Gatsby's library. All stacked neatly in rows, put on display. The fact they are uncut, tells us they have not been read. Similarly, to a lot that Gatsby portrays is on a show; what you see is not what you get. The owl-eyed man brings this to our attention, “"It's a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too - didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect" (Chap. 3)?

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

1 comment:

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