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In The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald details the decadence ofsociety during the Roaring Twenties The story is fraught with symbolismand allusion including his use of characters as symbols for examplethe minor character Owl Eyes The bespectacled party-goer is oftenoverlooked as a source of comic relief in the novel but Fitzgerald wasknown for his weaving of essential - and only essential - detailsThe Great Gatsby Everything in Fitzgeralds tale has its purposeand the purpose of Owl Eyes is to deliver foreshadowing and insight as aprophet Certain details of Owl Eyes character reflect the classicliterary and historical figure Tiresias The blind prophet of Thebesappears in many famous Greek works including his minor role inSophocles tragedy Oedipus Rex Tiresias was written into the play as asource of foreshadowing similar to Fitzgeralds creation of Owl Eyes inThe Great Gatsby The ancient prophet Tiresias is reincarnated in TheGreat Gatsby through Fitzgeralds minor character Owl EyesFitzgerald uses Owl Eyes as a prophet to foretell significant eventsAny event marked by the presence of Owl Eyes has a hidden layer ofsignificance For example Owl Eyes appears spontaneously at Gatsbysfuneral with no indication as to how he knew when and where it wasoccurring I dont know how he knew about the funeral or even hisname Fitzgerald 174 The reader is led to interpret that Owl Eyessomehow knew of the funeral without being told and therefore is aprophet in some right Also the car wreck Owl Eyes endures can be seenas a prophesy for what will come to pass When Owl Eyes climbs out ofthe wreckage the spectators ask him how he managed to sever a wheelfrom his car Owl Eyes responds with confusion Dont ask me I knowvery little about driving - next to nothing It happened and thats allI know Fitzgerald 54 After some discussion it is revealed that OwlEyes was not driving the car at all he was a mere passenger This sceneinvolves a case of mistaken identity a car crash
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