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F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby is about a man named Gatsby in love with a woman Daisy who is married to Tom Buchannan He dreams that one day he and Daisy will get together Gatsby has worked hard to become the man that he believes will impress Daisy Even though he has an extravagant house lots of money and wild parties he is without the one person he wants Daisy Even befriending Nick deals with Gatsby getting Daisy because Daisy is Nicks cousin In a meeting arranged by Nick and Gatsby Daisy is invited over for tea and she sees Gatsby It seems as if time is suspended for a moment as they look at each other both thinking something Then Gatsby tips over Nicks clock symbolizing that he is running out of time to try to capture what he and Daisy once lost Through the lonely and careless characters of Jordan Baker Jay Gatsby Myrtle and G Wilson Fitzgerald is able to illustrate the lack of spirituality in this novelThe main place in The Great Gatsby that shows the lack of spirituality is the Valley of Ashes where Myrtle and her husband George Wilson live It is a bleak desolate valley including only one building a car garage One day while driving around Tom and Nick stop off at the valley to see Myrtle Toms mistress Nick describes this valley as being about half way between West Egg and New York a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens 27 The concern here is with the corruption of values and the decline of spiritual life The traditional views of God and Religion are dead here and the readers can tell this because the only God-like image in this novel is a billboard with the eyes of Dr T J Eckleburg advertising glasses The eyes of Dr TJ Eckleburg represents the fact that God and religion
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