Explore the concept of ‘The American Dream’ in The Great Gatsby.

The allegorical significance consists of connecting the references to the ‘solid rock’ associated with the Mid-West upon which human behaviour might be grounded, taken along with the Biblical associations of that phrase, might suggest that he is returning to a more primitive, if more conventional, way of life, rooted in ‘self-disciplined Christian belief of a fundamentalist kind’. It is possible to see that the expression ‘Valley of ashes’ indicates a single, clear and definite meaning of a nonliteral kind: i.e. allegorical. A reference in this context has to be made to the ‘Eyes of Eckleburg’ : ‘But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T.1. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic — their retinas are one yam high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose.

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