“God sees everything,” repeated Wilson.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter VIII) on Rap Genius

Meaning

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 motive, it reflects the nature of American society in the 1920’s, whose morals had been corrupted, according to Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald’s disillusionment with American society led him to expatriate to France and become a part of the Lost Generation). Wilson’s worshipping of an advertisement mirrors the widespread worship of materialism that existed at that time and was showcased week after week at each of Gatsby’s parties.

Almost 100 years later, not much has changed…

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