Eckleberg's eyes are remarked upon as blue, and Gatsby himself is surrounded by the color blue. This color is commonly interpreted to mean sadness or unhappiness, but it also has been construed to mean illusions and alternatives to reality; for instance, Gatsby's persona itself is an illusion, and the eyes of Eckleberg are mentioned to be like the eyes of God within the novel. Therefore, Eckleberg blue would be a reference to symbolism itself, a topic on which Fitzgerald himself had many opinions. His symbolism was primarily self-effacing: he said people are what gives things meaning, therefore remarking upon the emptiness of symbols and dreams. Yet he himself used symbolism! Therefore, blue can be used in the critical practice of deconstruction, showcasing the fault lines of Fitzgerald's constructed meanings and Gatsby's reality.