What is the significance of the nose in The Great Gatsby: Dr. Eckleburg "nonexistent nose," Myrtle's nose that is broken, Meyer Wolfsheim's nose, and the butler's nose?
During the era of the 1920s, the setting of The Great Gatsby, a time not too distant from those years which saw many a European immigrant enter New York harbor, many people's nationalities were distinguishable by their coloring and facial appearances, and especially the shape of their noses. Greeks and Italian immigrants, for instance, were olive-skinned and had longer aquiline noses, generally speaking. Jewish people, especially those who were Semites, had a distinctive nose. And many jokes were made about the "lack of a nose," small pug noses of the Celtic people such as the Irish, Welsh, and some Scots. In the Eastern states, there was a certain snobbery among those with names such as Henry Cabot Lodge, Astor, Vanderbuilt and so on. These WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) were the ruling social class.
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