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One of the most important themes in the novel is class and social standing It is a barrier for almost every character East and West Egg acts as a symbol of this in its physical makeup Tom and Daisy live on the East which is far more refined and well bred Nick and Gatsby are on the West which is for people who dont have any real standing even if they have money The green light shines from the East Egg enticing Gatsby towards what he has always wanted And Daisy the woman that Gatsby has always wanted but never gets lives on East Egg The barrier that the water creates between these worlds in symbolic of the barrier that keeps these people apart from one another and from much of what they want Fitzgerald uses the word careless a lot in describing most of the people and events in this book There seems to be no fear of consequence of judgment So who is doing the judgment That is in part what the eyes of TJ Eckleburg are there for These eyes are from a billboard that looks over Wilsons garage The eyes are always mentioned whenever Nick is there They look over the situation objectively but offer a kind of judgment on the characters and their actions They are placed near Wilsons because that is where some of the most selfish acts take place Myrtles death Toms affair All of these crimes go unpunished So they eyes look on and remind the characters of the guilt that they forget to have for what they have done The green light is a multi-faceted piece of symbolism in the book Its most obvious interpretation is that the light is symbolic of Gatsbys longing for Daisy but that is too simplistic Daisy is part of it but the green light means much more Gatsby has spent his whole life longing for something better Money
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