“God sees everything,” repeated Wilson.
Wilson’s reference to the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg as the eyes of God could be attributed to his confusion, his grief, or his loneliness. Regardless of the cause, it reflects ironically on the nature of American society in the 1920’s, whose morals, Fitzgerald believed, had been corrupted. (Fitzgerald’s disillusionment with American society led him to expatriate to France and become a part of the Lost Generation).
Wilson’s worship of an advertisement mirrors the widespread worship of materialism that characterized America in the Roaring Twenties—and was showcased week after week at each of Gatsby’s parties.
Almost 100 years later, not much has changed…
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