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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers
What is the importance of the character Owl Eyes?

Before readers are introduced to the more prominent eyes in the novel—those of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg—Nick meets a character he knows only as “Owl Eyes” at the first party he attends at Gatsby’s house. Nick comes across a drunk Owl Eyes in the library, in disbelief that all of the books in Gatsby’s library are real. Owl Eyes is the only character, perhaps besides Nick, who is curious about Gatsby and wants to see him for who he truly is. Readers may note that Owl Eyes is also the only character apart from Nick to attend Gatsby’s funeral, a detail that reveals that Owl Eyes cares for Gatsby beyond his wealth.