English 11, Period 6
10 March 2015
In “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald one of the main characters in the book is named Nick Carraway. He is our narrator and the main eyes that we see through the entire book. He as one of the authors on shmoop said, “Nick in a way is like Dr. TJ Eckleburg.”(Shmoop) I agree with this because he sees everything in the book and he knows everything that happens and is in the middle of it all.
Dr. TJ Eckleburg is a motif in this story as he was referred to as a God many times throughout the story. I think Nick is related to this because he knows everything from the story since he is connected to both sides. Also he seems to be in every scene knowing all thats going on. He also gets pretty much every opinion as he develops good connections between each character in the book including Tom Buchanan. Even though Gatsby is the main character Nick seems to be the center of the book since he is the narrator but even then he is the one that is followed around throughout the book.
As I said above Nick is the center of the book it seems like. Although he isn’t involved in any of the conflicts he knows all about them. He runs into all of the characters in the conflict throughout the entire book. Tom at the end in the train station, Gatsby the night of Myrtle's
death, and Daisy after the confrontation. Nick is also with Gatsby hours before he dies and is involved in the scene somehow during every major scene throughout the entire book, which is one of Dr. TJ Eckleburg’s main characteristics even though he isn’t actually a character in the book just a symbol.
In conclusion I do believe that the shmoop author is right when he says “Nick in a way is like Dr. TJ Eckleburg. I believe this through the situations he was involved throughout the enitre book. ...
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