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The Great Gatsby's Cover Art Symbolism

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby's Cover Art Symbolism

Symbolism Behind the Cover Art
of
The Great Gatsby By Kaylyn Manfredonia Eyes The city below the eyes symbolizes New York City and its commotion. There is always drama and corruption going on. There are bright colors and lights that also bring out the chaos. Some of the colors represent the ways of people, for example, the ways of selfishness and greed. The city plays a major in the story, it is the main place where all the corruption takes place. City The face on the cover is believed to be Daisy. The face is not a solid face and the parts that are on it are as if they were floating. Nothing is defined to a head and there is a reason for that. The reason is that Daisy doesn't know where she stands as a person and she always conforms to society. She is not confident in herself or in her life as a wife and mother. Disassembled Face Under the left eye on the cover is a tear streaming down the face of Daisy. The tear represents the hardship she went through and how unhappy she was in many situations. She was unhappy with Tom, confused with Gatsby and unsure within herself. Water also plays a huge role throughout the book in symbolizing new beginnings. The Tear
"But his eyes, dimmed a little by many pointless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground" (Fitzgerald 28). This quote is referring to Doctor T.J Eckleburg on the billboard in the valley of ashes. "They're a rotten crowd, you're worth the whole damn bunch put together" ( Fitzgerald 162). This quote shows how ignorant and self absorbed people are in the city, specifically those who go to Gatsby's parties. Nick says this to Gatsby because he is realizing that all the people at the party don't care about the host but only themselves. "And I hope she'll be a fool, that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful, little fool" ( Fitzgerald 21). Daisy says this to Nick explaining how she felt that her daughter should be when she is older. She wants he daughter to be different than her and not realize the harm a man will do to her. Women in the Eyes "Daisy's face was smeared with tears and when I came in she jumped up and began wiping at it with her handkerchief before a mirror" (Fitzgerald 94). This quote is from when Daisy reconnects with Gatsby through Nick and all their past emotions come forward. In the first moments of Gatsby and Daisy meeting again, her joy comes out through tears. The women in the eyes of Daisy shows that she is aware of Tom's affair with Myrtle and isn't doing anything to stop it. Her reasoning to not ending things with her husband is because of her religion as a Catholic. In this book there is adultery on many accounts. "She smiled slowly and walking through her husband as if he were a ghost shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye" (Fitzgerald 30). This quote is about Myrtle, who is Tom's mistress, and also having an affair from her husband. The eyes on the cover art symbolize that everything is always being watched. The eye could be representing God and how he is looking down on things. For example, the city is below the eyes which shows that it is being seen. Eyes are a symbol that are used throughout the book. They exist in the billboard that is looking at the valley of ashes, the billboard is of Doctor T.J Eckleburg. Eyes also become prominent in this book when a guest at one of Gatsby's parties is reffered to as "Owl Eyes." Works Cited Fitzgerald, Scott F. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Images Google Images, Francis Cugat,"Celestial Eyes"
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