As Myrtle is hit by the car, the eyes of T. J. Eckleberg are shown. Why do you think the author chose to do this? What is the effect of this choice in this particular chapter?

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The eyes of T. J. Eckleburg on the faded old advertising billboard in the Valley of Ashes are generally thought by literary scholars to represent the eyes of God.

God sees everything, including the goings-on of the various characters in the play. In an increasingly materialistic society, where the headlong pursuit of wealth is everything, spiritual values are increasingly going by the board, which is why the T. J. Eckleburg advertisement is so old and decrepit. People are turning away from God as they...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 19, 2019