The Great Gatsby (Ch 1-4) (Fitzgerald)
"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 non-existent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away. But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground." (Fitzgerald 23)
I found this paragraph and the focus on the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg to be rather odd and interesting. I found it
odd because Fitzgerald took so much time and detail to describe this
advertisement. The advertisement has no importance concerning
anything actually happening with the characters yet after reading the
passage about the advertisement, the reader is left to think that
there something important in the faded eyes. I think that perhaps
these eyes are symbolic of God watching over everything that happens.
It is said that Doctor T.J. Eckleburg's eyes watch over the "valley
of ashes" similar to how God watches over us, even the ugly things
that we do. For instance, Doctor T.J. Eckleburg's eyes are watching each time that Tom goes to visit his mistress, just as God is watching. The eyes are ever present though I'm sure that people in their hurry forget about them, just as people often forget about God's presence in our lives.
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