Can somebody please explain me what the significance of Eyes and Voices in the Great Gatsby is?
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Eyes and Voices in the Great Gatsby?
Daisy's voice is one of the most mentioned descriptions in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". The way her voice is described in each new scene allows the reader to better understand Daisy's emotions and how she affects those around her.
It was said, "that Daisy's murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming."
Daisy asks questions, "in her low thrilling voice. It was a kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again."
Daisy tells a story and Nick thinks, "her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened; her voice was glowing and singing."
When meeting Gatsby at Nick's house, "The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain. I had to follow the sound of it for a moment."
Daisy’s voice is full, not just of money, but of promises – there’s something about it that tells the listener that wonderful things are on the horizon. Daisy’s voice is irresistibly seductive, and all the other characters are drawn to her because of it.
This brings to mind the image of the Siren. In Greek mythology, the island-dwelling Sirens sang to passing sailors, and their song was so seductive that the sailors would throw themselves into the sea and drown trying to get to them. Daisy is kind of a modern Siren; when Gatsby stretches his arms out to the green light across the water, we can almost imagine him throwing himself into the Sound to reach her. Her voice speaks of everything Gatsby desires – Daisy herself, wealth, social status, true happiness – and its call is irresistible.
Owl Eyes conveniently brings us to the ongoing theme related to appearance and change. Gatsby's existence in West Egg was completely for Daisy. Owl Eyes was right. Gatsby built a set to fit into the role he needed to have to get back Daisy. He was "concealing his incorruptible dream." Every patron at his parties gossiped about him because he was a mystery. His shady occupation added substance to the fassade. He was continually accused of being a bootlegger (a maker of false copies). Tom referred to Gatsby's car as a "circus wagon," his actions as "stunts" and his whole operation as a "menagerie." Gatsby simply wanted to be the man that was able to have Daisy. This dream was torn down by the utter carelessness of the Buchanan's and that "rotten crowd."
In The Great Gatsby, the green light, Valley of Ashes, and the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg all represent the dreams of Gatsby, moral decay of American society, and the eyes of God. The green light is nothing more than a symbol for Daisy, whom Gatsby had, fell in love with before going to war. The green light is also related to the American Dream because Gatsby becomes wealthy in order to be with Daisy. Gatsby displays the American Dream of getting rich fast, but his schemes are illegal and demonstrate that people are willing to get rich through dishonest and immoral methods. The Valley of Ashes demonstrates the moral decay and society's immorality during the 1920s. The Valley of Ashes is the result of the pursuit of happiness, wealth, and power otherwise known as the American Dream. During the 1920s, the American society became distant from the morals of working-hard to gain wealth. Instead the Valley of Ashes represents a decline in morality and a rise in poverty. The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg view the horrors of the Valley of Ashes and symbolize the eyes of God. The eyes are similar to the eyes of God and watch over the people that pass through the Valley of Ashes, judging everyone. They are a sign to Mr. Wilson that he must take vengeance on who killed his wife, Myrtle. The vast symbols in the Great Gatsby are used to represent the hopes and dreams of Gatsby, the moral decomposition in American society, and the eyes of God that judge and watch over everyone.
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