Discussion of the Settings in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeral

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One of the greatest American authors, Francis Scott Fitzgerald also employs these essential strategies when describing the three main setting of The Great Gatsby: West Egg, East Egg, and the Valley of the Ashes. Fitzgerald relates West Egg with the “less fashionable” side of Long Island and “new money”, relates East Egg to the “fashionable” side of Long Island and “old money”, and relates the Valley of Ashes to a desolate wasteland that represents the crumbling of the American Dream and the destruction caused by modern society. West Egg promotes ideals of individuality and illegality and creates an atmosphere of lavish spending; however, East Egg gives rise to ideals of upper class society fueling attitudes of condescension towards lower classes of people including West Egg, while the Valley of Ashes is the manifestation of the desolate wasteland surrounding a city that represents the withering of the American Dream.
In The Great Gatsby, the first setting we are introduced to is West Egg. West Egg is described in the book as a place where the lower and middle class who have found themselves outrageous amounts of money reside. As an immediate consequence to this, they spend lavishly on extravagant desires of theirs. This is exemplified when Fitzgerald writes, “From West Egg came the Poles and the…
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