The Great Gatsby

What are the eyes of Dr. TJ. Eckelburg?


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The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are an indelibly grotesque image found on a billboard: these are eyes unattached to any face or body, gazing out over a hellish wasteland. Fitzgerald's description of the drawbridge and passing barges makes an allusion to the River Styx, a mythological river which one crosses to enter the realm of the dead. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg seem to be a monstrous parody of the eyes of God: they watch, but they do not see; they are heartless, and entirely unknowing.