The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“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 the 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 portrays 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” represents the place where New York City ashes were dumped and where the poor people used to live. The valley of ashes being a geographical location is consuming a big part of the city and therefore, the people lack of space. It is occupying the space which should be available to the people leaving in that area. The valley of ashes is also being used as a symbol to show the lives of the poor who are actually living there and also acting as a barrier between the rich and the poor. Therefore, the question arises that how the lives of these poor people in the valley of ashes were. The answer to this question is struggle and what were…
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