The Great Gatsby: Eyes And Distorted Vision

The Great Gatsby Essay

The Great Gatsby is a novel about a young man named Nick who encounters a wealthy man by the name of Gatsby and becomes involved in a world of corruption and blindness. Eyes and distorted vision are used to portray corruption of society through the eyes of T.J Eckleberg, the owl eyed man, and intoxication.

Intoxication shows how distorted vision proves people were corrupt. In the novel the glamorous parties thrown in the East and West Eggs were extravagant and hosted the wealthiest people in the surrounding areas. Prohibition was present at the time but never affected a party at the Gatsby’s residence. Intoxication and alcohol seemed to create a sense of ...

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directly after he begins to have a conversation with one of the men there about his adventures in the war. Another moment is when Gatsby is confronted by Tom for having feelings with his wife. When he questions Gatsby about his life, and is astounded by the achievements he has attained his wife is caught on impulse to open a bottle of whiskey. “Open the whiskey, Tom’, she ordered, ‘and I’ll make you a mint julep. Then you won’t seem so stupid to yourself….Look at the mint!” She tries to convince her husband to drink away his ignorant behavior, because intoxication, here, is a sign of humility and understanding. And Tom knows that, which is why he refuses and continues to question Gatsby. In a sense intoxication makes them less corrupted, they see things for what they really are. In a party Nick only sees people that are wealthy and have their nose in the air, but once he has a couple of drinks he realizes that they too, are people, clumsy, with a sense of humor, and hope. ...

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with UNSTEADY concentration at the shelves of books” (45). His vision is unsteady only because it is determined by Nick and the other wealthy people who saw him. But look deeper; Owl Eyes is the first person to discover that Gatsby is phony. When he realizes that the books Gatsby has claimed to read and study are real, but have never been open he knows that Gatsby is a fake. The wealthy people are blinded by the width of Gatsby’s smile, the charm of his words, and think that this wealth makes him intelligent

The corruption of society is portrayed through Eckleburg and his billboard that looks over the valley of ashes also. “But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust ...

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Added: 4/3/2011 08:32:00 PM
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