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The Great Gatsby : Sight

Sight is such an important sense to our everyday livings; not only to how we survive, but how we judge; the fronts we are meant to see, and the realities we are not.To see is to know the absolute truth, but to missee is to have the allusion of truth, which would eventually prove itself to be merely a cloudy facade.In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel entitled The Great Gatsby, it is this seeing and misseeing which is the crucial factor in making and breaking the characters of its tragic story.In this novel, Fitzgerald uses many metaphorical occurrences of sight to show how corrupt and superficial the lives and actions of the characters, mainly Gatsby, truly was.
Gatsby's pathetic life is reflected in his gaudy house.His house is a key symbol of aspiration reflecting both Gatsby's success as an American self-made man and the mirage of an identity he has created to win Daisy's love.Gatsby follows his American Dream as he buys the house (with it's extravagant accessories) to be across the bay from Daisy, and has parties to gain widespread recognition in order to impress her.This is all the front Daisy as well as other characters are meant to see.Yet, Owl Eyes compares Gatsby's mansion to a house of cards, muttering, "that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse (50)."Ultimately, the inevitable collapse occurs, as Gatsby loses Daisy and dies, basically friendless, prompting Nick to refer to the Gatsby mansion as "that huge incoherent failure of a house (188)".
Another missight is that of the idealization of Daisy by Gatsby.After the 5 long years when neither had seen eachother, Gatsby still dwelled on the incomplete, fantasy of love, which was more a dream than reality.Gatsby's death truly occurred after hisfirst kiss with Daisy in that he became obsessed afterwards to the point wh


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