Imagery

„The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald is filled with symbolism and imagery. Fitzgerald helps the reader to see the allegory in his novel by pointing them to the significance of images and objects, from the famous billboard poster in the valley of ashes to the books in Gatsby's library.

Here we will focus on the following elements of imagery of „The Great Gatsby” :

  • Dr  TJ Eckleburg
  • The green light
  • Gatsby's books

Dr TJ Eckleburg

The most famous piece of imagery in „The Great Gatsby” is the billboard in the valley of ashes featuring the large eyes of the optician Dr TJ Eckleburg. Nick describes the fading advertisement:

“The eyes of Doctor TJ 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. […] his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground” (p. 26).

These eyes watch over the co...

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