Subject: The most despicable character in The Great GatsbyAuthority: I read The Great Gatsby and I am a fairly religious person so I understand God’s intended role in society both then and now. Warrant: Most of the characters in The Great Gatsby acted in despicable ways.Intended Audience: Those who have read The Great Gatsby Claim: His lack of intervention, unconcerned gaze upon the characters, and his abandonment of the town and its people, make God the most despicable character in The Great Gatsby.
Criteria: Number of lives affected by GodEvery person in the book affected by his actions Number of lives not affected by GodNo one receives help or guidanceNo one is reprimanded for their behavior God’s characterDr. T.J. Eckleburg- the eyes that watch George Wilson’s claim that God is always watchingOwl Eyes- sees all Cares more but still does not intervene Evidence: Lack of intervention Watches characters destroy each other George Wilson takes the advertisement of Doctor T.J.
Eckleburg’s eyes as a sign from God saying “God sees everything” (Fitzgerald 160) It is at this point that Wilson decides he should kill Jay Gatsby because Christ is telling him that Gatsby deserves itAllows obscene acts to happen without consequenceTom and Daisy after Gatsby’s death, “they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness” (Fitzgerald 179)Unconcerned gaze Watches the characters without any response or concernLooks down at those who have neglected their spiritual values to instead pursue material happiness Always watching, never acting”Doctor T.J. Eckleburg’s eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground” (Fitzgerald 24)God abandoned this town and these characters, leaving behind those soulless eyesAbandoning the characters Allows the moral values to decay along with society represented by the valley of ashes, society neglects God because he has abandoned them “Where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (Fitzgerald 23)The rich indulge and let the rest of society suffer the consequences of their selfish behavior Daisy and Tom “let other people clean up the mess they had made” because God’s absence in their lives entitles them to behave in such a wayCounter Argument: Tom Buchanan could be the most despicable because he was unfaithful to his wife, beat his lover, and let Gatsby be murdered If God had been present in Tom’s life, Tom would have had a conscious which might have stopped him from committing to such awful behaviorDaisy Buchanan neglected her child, sought revenge on her husband, killed Myrtle Wilson, and then let Gatsby take the blame for Myrtle’s death. Had God intervened, Daisy would have been found responsible for Myrtle’s death and Gatsby would not have been murdered.