The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg

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

Meaning

Wilson and Michaelis discuss the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg being like the eyes of God, although they could also refer to the characters’ views of themselves. Wilson says that the eyes will always see what a person has done wrong which suggests that a person always knows his/her rights and wrongs. For all her reasons, Myrtle knows that she has done the wrong thing by having an affair with Tom, and Wilson’s mention of the eyes points to the retribution that one must pay for his/her wrongs.

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