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Who is T. J. Eckelberg in The Great Gatsby?

In The Great Gatsby, T. J. Eckelberg is a pair of faceless bespeckled eyes on an old billboard that keeps a watch over the valley of ashes. They may represent the omniscience of God who sees everything that the characters of this story do not. They also serve to remind the reader to view the events of the book from a distance instead of only through the characters.

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T. J. Eckelberg is not a character in The Great Gatsby. Rather, the faceless eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckelberg loom at the characters from a billboard for an oculist. The aging billboard is located in the valley of ashes and depicts the large bespeckled blue eyes of Eckelberg. Fitzgerald suggests that this symbol has meaning for the characters, but he never comes right out and tells the reader what that meaning is. To Nick , the eyes seem to...

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