Essay On West Egg In The Great Gatsby

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Journal 3 In the novel, The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald presents East Egg and West Egg as polar opposites in all aspects “except shape and size”. Fitzgerald depicts these peninsulas as isolated communities, free from the problems of “the valley of the ashes”, and utilizes the two Eggs as the primary settings in the novel. Fitzgerald first introduces the “enormous eggs” separated by a “courtesy bay”, by describing West Egg as the “less fashionable of the two”. East Egg is lined with “white palaces… glittered along the water”. Fitzgerald presents Nick Carraway as the perfect narrator for such a novel, as he stays on West Egg next to Jay Gatsby, but is acquainted with Daisy and Tom Buchannan of East Egg. His observations and interactions bridge the two settings and demonstrate the idea of old money (East Egg) versus new money (West Egg). Fitzgerald presents West Egg as the “less fashionable of the two”. The West Eggers are the working class. Their money is their own, and they have not had the benefits of old money. Outside of Gatsby, most East Eggers live humbly, as illustrated by Nick Carraway’s small summer cottage. Upon further evaluation, the reader can see that Fitzgerald also applies his statement to the manner in which the wealth is acquired. West Eggers, represented by Gatsby, obtain their money through unrespectable and even illegal means. These people are looked down upon by the East Eggers, as they obtained their wealth on their own, making them the

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