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Blindness In F. Scott Fitzgerald´S The Great Gatsby

838 words - 4 pages

In a famous poem by Thomas Gray the well known phrase “Ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise” was used to describe the happiness the Author found in not knowing real consequences. This is similar to the Characters of The Great Gatsby, the great american novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who have more money than they can spend and feel as if they are exempt to the lawand can buy their way out of any situation. What they are also unaware of is the constant supervision they are under, whether it be a divine force watching them, like the eyes of Dr. Eckleburg on the billboard, or their servants and butlers constantly cleaning up after them in their household. They don’t see the pain they cause them, the grueling hardships and disgust others feel as they pick up the debris they leave behind everywhere they go. Nothing goes unseen in this Novel, blindness is a common disease among the rich who turn a blind eye towards the decay and corrupt society and culture that they are separated from with their mounds of wealth and impregnable mansions.
Ignorance is hinted at throughout the book and is displayed by the characters constantly, “blinded by the glare of the headlights”. (59). This quote could be perceived literally and one could say the character was only blinded by the headlight. I feel as if the meaning is deeper in the fact that the headlights could be used to described the flashy wealth of the time period which blinds everyone from seeing the nefarious greed of the wealthy. The rich would be driving the car with the high beams aimed at the drunk and blinded people to distract them from their recklessness. Every main character is oblivious to certain baggage that prevents them from looking forward and thinking about consequences to every careless decisions they make.
Daisy Buchanan is the most blatantly ignorant character in this novel, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”(21) She talks about raising her daughter to be ignorant and blind to the world, a fool, so that she can too be happy not knowing what cruel and rough events take place outside of their rich mansion walls. And in another event she killed Myrtle and let Gatsby, who is blinded by love, take the blame for her slipshod driving...

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