The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel, The Great Gatsby, there are three main, reoccurring settings— East Egg, West Egg, and the Valley of Ashes. Each setting has people of different economic standings. The West Egg is full of those with newly acquired wealth, the East Egg is home to those who inherited their money, and the Valley of Ashes holds those who were born with no money and have not acquired money. The characters introduced throughout the novel, heralding from one of the three main settings, serve to characterize the type of people that live in each of the areas. The reader is given paragons for each type of person— George Wilson, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby respectively from the Valley of Ashes, East egg, and West…show more content…
Much of what he and Daisy owned was nothing more than luxury items. Daisy, on the other hand, attracted many young men from the army corps during the time of the draft (Fitzgerald, pg. 74). Her family’s wealth and prestige, paired with her fairness, no doubt made her a beautiful target for those who wanted to marry well. Tom, himself, fell for her after the war and went on to marry the girl with a large reception and extravagant wedding gift. Despite their upbringing, or perhaps because of it, Tom and Daisy are "careless people" who "[retreat] back into their money or vast carelessness" when tragedy strikes or a mistake is made on their part (Fitzgerald, 179). They do not have the morals to own up to their mistake, but instead use their money to parachute themselves to safety. Socially, their money breathes dignity and immunity to fault. Fitzgerald uses this couple to characterize all those who lived in the East Egg, and, by extension, those who inherited their money, as people of callous, amoral attitudes who have nothing in mind except their own entertainment. Nor did they seem to have dreams, for it appeared as though Tom and Daisy had a habit of moving around. They are noted to have gone on a three months’ trip to the South Seas and to France for “no particular reason,” later drifting around from place to place (Fitzgerald, pg. 76 & 6). Nick
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