F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Poverty in the Valley of Ashes: The Great Gatsby “This is a valley of ashes- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and raising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (Fitzgerald 26). In the novel, “The Great Gatsby,” the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, mainly depicted lives of the rich and their luxuries but also showed the lives of the poor people in the valley of ashes in a small portion of the book. The valley of ashes played an essential part in shaping the lives of the characters in the book as it shows the difference between social classes and the struggle of the poor. The narrator began by describing the region where he lives, his background and the valley of ashes in a vivid way. Here, “the valley of ashes” represented the place where New York City ashes were dumped and where the poor people used to live. The valley of ashes is also being used as a symbolism to show the lives of the poor who are actually living there and also acting as a barrier between the rich and the poor. Specifically after the war, class differentiation was the most important issue. The rich got anything that they wanted even the rich women, they has better living standard, they could have multiple affairs even after getting married because they didn’t have to worry about money, going to vacations and living in expensive
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