It’s not surprising that humans find other humans’ bodies to be of particular significance. Whenever a book pays a lot of attention to hands, eyes, lips, or any other part of the body, there are bound to be layers of meaning behind it. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, bodies are very important symbols of how characters are perceived. Whether it’s Myrtle’s gruesomely graphic corpse which speaks to the many ways her body is mistreated, or Daisy’s siren-like voice, which points to the way Gatsby sees her more as a desirable prize, body parts are meaningful. Fitzgerald’s consistent use of body parts bring out a greater theme in the novel. The novel starts out with just explaining how Gatsby is a figure of great success and achievement. However his success serves a greater purpose, which is depicted using body parts.The eyes of the T.J. Eckleburg billboard and their placement in the valley of ashes suggests a sense of judgment as if they are constantly being watched. An example of this is when Mr. Wilson is looking outside into Eckleburg’s eyes remembering saying to his wife, “God knows what you’ve been doing…You may fool me, but you can’t fool God.” However, it also introduces a theme of mysterious social interactions and the sensation of a “cloudy vision.” The eyes are wearing glasses which suggest a seeking of clear truth, but they are constantly obstructed by the “dust.” The dust, in this case, can symbolize the hidden sins of the people of the city, especially as they relate to Daisy, Tom, Gatsby, and Myrtle. At the end of chapter 6, Gatsby sees the blocks of the sidewalk forming a ladder, however he wants to “suck on the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder.” The ladder must be climbed on his own. The ladder symbolizes a social ladder and Gatsby must choose between love and class. However, he decides to try to achieve both and it ends in destruction. This destruction of Gatsby begins with his ego. Gatsby’s ego gets so out of whack that he must simply “have it all and then some.” However greed was not portrayed using gatsby’s ego, instead it was portrayed through Fitzgerald’s use of body parts. All of the body parts used, especially with Daisy, were described using the five senses. Touch is the most obvious. Gatsby has true affection towards Daisy, and it is shown through the description of her voice. “Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly.That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money – that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it… high in a white palace the king’s daughter, “Gatsby believes in the green light which is something intangible, however it resembles hope. This hope is seen using his eyes, but at times the hope or green light is very distant. Fitzgerald uses this green light to also explain Gatsby’s feelings for Daisy as something he can’t have but wishes to one day obtain. Daisy is within reach of Gatsby, however she still is unreachable because of Tom. “Slenderly, languidly, their hands set lightly on their hips, the two young women preceded us out onto a rosy-colored porch, open toward the sunset, where four candles flickered on the table in the diminished wind.” This quote demonstrates something different. The body parts used in this were to describe a general theme throughout the whole novel. That theme is success. As ridiculous as this may sound, just from reading a quote that states putting hands on hips conveys a much deeper meaning. This was Fitzgerald’s way of trying to show and explain how a luxurious lifestyle can alter how one behaves. The hands on the hips symbolize impatience which Daisy is famous for throughout the rest of the novel. “Here, dearest’.” She groped around in a wastebasket she had with her on the bed and pulled out the string of pearls. “Take ’em down-stairs and give ’em back to whoever they belong to. Tell ’em all Daisy’s change’ her mind. Say: ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!'” Additional references to body parts and their ability to provide deeper meaning and symbolism is clearly developed from the start. In chapter one, the narration goes “Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.” The luxurious lifestyle is supported through Fitzgerald’s analysis of the character’s eyes. They are powerful to the reader because it shows the darkness that comes with money. The true passion for desire is gone as you can see from the eyes. Why bother desiring something when you already have everything? This is important to the success of Gatsby. Even though he has the money to think and act like the very wealthy, desire is something he is not used to feeling. He still desires Daisy. Everything that Gatsby does is an outstanding gesture to win the heart of Daisy. The eyes are a recurring theme throughout this novel and we see it the second we get our hands on a physical copy of the book. The eyes on the cover? Yes and no. The eyes throughout the novel included like the quote above occur again in chapter 3, “She narrowed her eyes and shivered. Lucille shivered. We all turned and looked around for Gatsby. It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.” Why do the eyes narrow in search for Gatsby? He should be the most extravagant and easy to spot person in the room right? Wrong. Gatsby is there for one purpose. To spend his money for one person. Daisy. She should and has been the centerpiece of the novel. Fitzgerald does this to drive the theme home that Daisy is the most important thing to Gatsby.