I agreed with everything people said in class and thought it was really interesting and insightful but more importantly, I think of the Owl Eyed Man as serving as a guide for the reader now. My first inclination is to harshly judge Gatsby and group him with the 20’s society that surrounds him. The OEM reminds us that Nick is a biased narrator and Gatsby may have been different from his peers. He is a learned person in this false, materialistic world-he has seen various examples of fraudulence and his reaction toward Gatsby’s contrasting ways shows we may have misjudged Gatsby. He displays genuine shock when Gatsby defies his biases-and he sees Gatsby’s authentic books. He is in awe of Gatsby, even admires his way of standing out in such a cruel world and sympathizes for him in the end. I think these ideas support what Aaron was saying about the connection between the Owl Eyed Man and Dr T.J. Eckleburg and G-d. Some people see G-d as a puppet master, always with control over each individual’s thoughts and actions. However, I agree that he is more of a passenger, a wallflower, an overseer. If this is true, there is a clear connection between symbols. He is a man of emotions and thoughts, not actions, just like God who watches and judges.
It is incredible how complex a book can become once analyzed. Characters that first seemed insignificant can hold a bigger and deeper meaning or can turn the story in a whole different direction that makes the book blossom once discovered. I’m really glad I read this book again because I actually see value in reading it now. I still dislike the story and the characters but I now notice the creativity/craft in it and I have a deeper respect and interest in Fitzgerald.