The Eyes Of The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald uses imagery and symbolism to represent bigger ideas in his stories. For his novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald was able to do something most authors aren’t. He was able to approve of the cover of his book. The cover selected was a painting of a nightly city, being watched over by celestial eyes. The eyes stand out in juxtaposition of the rest of the dark blue sky due to their sickly yellow color as a teal tear travels down from the left. However, a closer look at the eyes in the cover show that they irises are blue, and inside the eyes are two women. The surreal art piece has as much symbolism in it as the pages it protects, especially the eyes in which the painting is named for. The women within the eyes on the cover of the novel The Great Gatsby are the eyes of God, reflecting the themes of lust and the meretricious nature of materialistic desires.
Prancing in the eyes of the ultramarine sky are two women, “au natural”. The nudity of these women represent the lustful tones of the novel. In chapter one, the narrator, Nick Carraway introduces the readers to the tone of lust with the first appearance of Jay 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.” (pg. 25-26.) Gatsby is reaching out with to this light-- or rather the owner of the light, Daisy Buchanan. For five years, Gatsby has been driven by his desire of Daisy’s love to become rich and ornate. He buys a mansion for her, and throws parties at night, hoping that one day she’ll appear and whisper a true “I love you.” Unfortunately, Daisy only lusts for Gatsby’s riches, not him. Along with his undying love, he even admits that “her voice is full of money!” (pg. 127) Daisy has the voice of a person who is accustomed to the life of a wealthy woman. She likes expensive and fancy...

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