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Explore the symbols and motifs in the Great Gatsby The eyes of Doctor T J Eckleburg are seen as the eyes of God in Wilsons mind The billboard with the advertisement containing the eyes looks over a desolate wasteland and is created by an oculist who has a desire to make money Because the eyes are linked with God the above fact is proof that God no longer exists to the people as a spiritual figure but as an empty use for advertisement The earlier encounters of Tom and Gatsby have been either at Toms house or Gatsbys house The Plaza Hotel symbolizes neutral ground This neutral ground allows both men to openly argue heatedly The wedding march that can be heard in the hotel room from the reception below serves to imply the irony of Toms accusation of Gatsby breaking up his marriage It also symbolizes the marriage problems that Tom and Daisy are experiencing due to their affairs The mention of Gatsbys drug stores by Tom is placed in the argument between Gatsby and Tom to convey the distinctions of wealth The fact that Gatsby has amassed his fortune by bootlegging shows that he is a new rich and has only recently come about vast wealth This is contrasted with the traditional wealth of the Buchanans whose family has been wealthy for some time This is the one insurmountable obstacle separating Gatsby and Daisy Financially they are similar but socially they are from two different worlds The pink suit that Gatsby wears symbolizes the fact that he is a new rich and his advertisement of his newfound material wealth The pink suit suggests that Gatsby because he is a new rich lacks the tradition often found with the inherited rich and therefore is vulgar Nick suddenly realizes that it is his thirtieth birthday in the midst of the argument between Tom and Gatsby At first the realization
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