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Who is T.J. Eckelberg? What is his significance to the novel?




This question is part of The Great Gatsby - Chapters 1 - 3
Asked by Cbuckley, Last updated: Jul 30, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 30, 2016

T.J. Eckelberg is the doctor whose face is on a torn up billboard in the Valley of the Ashes. It stands for two things one T.S. Eliot, who wrote the poem Valley of the Ashes in which God lets paradise go to ruins because of their sins. In this way the eyes of the doctor represent the eyes of God who look over the valley in disapproval.
 

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