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The role of God and Religion in The Great Gatsby

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By: Maria Roma The Role of God and Religion in "The Great Gatsby" Before the 1920's the business elite made up most of the Protestant Church.
During the 1920's, religious commitment to the Protestant Church took a sharp decline.
Many of the Elite stopped attending church.
Religion's attraction had weakened. Characters like Gatsby, Tom and Daisy have no mentioned religious affiliation
Their blatant disregard of Prohibition shows that they didn't support it, which many churches and their members did.
They're are self-centered, excessive drinkers and they lie to achieve what they want. These are all things most religions do not support. Lack of Religion in Main Characters Represents an all seeing, uninvolved God
Sees the immoral actions but doesn't interfere
Dr. TJ Eckleburg representing God is supported by Wilson's claims that God sees all Symbols of God: The Eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg Represents the same kind of God that the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg do.
Shows a more caring side of God yet still remains uninvolved and does not interfere.
No one really knows who he is because they don't have God or Religion in their lives.
Owl eyes knows Gatsby is a fake because of the library scene.
Owls symbolize wisdom Symbols of God: The Character of Owl Eyes Religion's effect on morality The God in "The Great Gatsby" is one who does not interfere with doings of the people on Earth.
This God cares about people, even if they have done wrong.
Doesn't try to change people or their morals.
He watches people cause their own destruction but does not do anything about it Type of God in "The Great Gatsby" Religion in the 1920's Religion


Elite Lower Class Religion in relation to Wilson Wilson's mention that "sees God everything" (Fitzgerald 167) shows that he has some belief in Religion Wilson is in the lower class; they had a stronger belief in God than the upper elite. Though his religious belief isn't shown until his wife's affair is exposed, Wilson shows some belief in God unlike the richer characters. The lack of religious beliefs in Gatsby, Daisy and Tom effect their morality Excessive Drinking/Breaking law of Prohibition
Extra-Martial affairs
Lying
Selfishness
Lack of Responsibility
Violence These are all examples of the immoral things that the wealthy characters were involved in. They lack of belief in God ultimately causes their moral dilapidation. Wilson's Morality Wilson appears to have a stronger set of morals than the well-off characters in this story.
Doesn't have to means to drink and party but also doesn't express the desire to.
Faithful to Myrtle
Makes an honest living, unlike Gatsby
More religious than the other characters Work Cited "The Great Gatsby" By F. Scott Fitzgerald
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3468300972.html
http://www.enotes.com/1920-religion-american-decades
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